Help plea on energy costs for food and drink manufacturers

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FOOD and Drink Federation Scotland has urged the UK government to continue helping businesses with their energy bills.

Chief exec David Thomson made the call after food and drink price inflation rose to 16.5% in November.

He said: “Our food and drink manufacturers continue to see persistent rises in their key costs. Energy accounts for a significant portion of those.

“We are urgently seeking clarity from the UK government on what energy support will be available to the food and drink supply chain in the spring.

“The withdrawal of support will undoubtedly put further pressure on food and drink prices.”