Reformul8 Challenge Fund boosts Scottish food firms

FDF Scotland’s Joanne Burns and Aldomak.

Funds will support Scottish food manufacturers to make healthier products

A BAKER’S dozen of well-known Scottish food firms have received funding totalling £50,000 to help them make healthier products.

The awards, ranging from £250 to £5,000 each, came from Food and Drink Federation Scotland’s Reformul8 Challenge Fund.

Biscuits and confectionery manufacturers Aldomak, Border Biscuits and Dean’s of Huntly all benefited.

A whole range of meat and butchery producers – including Bells Food Group, Hunters of Kinross, Macsween of Edinburgh, Malcolm Allan and Simon Howie – all received support.

Funding has been provided to Growers Garden, which makes broccoli crisps, free-from snacks manufacturer Fodilicious, ingredient suppliers Cardowan Creameries and R&W Scott, and farm shop the Smiddy, too.

The £50,000 came from the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership Recovery Plan – supported by the Scottish Government. Now FDF Scotland will support food producers with a breadth of projects including salt, fat and sugar reduction, as well as fibre enrichment.

The money will be used for a wide range of activities such as nutritional testing and technical support, trialling innovative healthy product solutions and developing marketing materials.

Joanne Burns, reformulation for health manager at FDF Scotland, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to provide a third round of funding to help even more food producers make their recipes healthier. To date, we have awarded funding to 45 food businesses across Scotland.

“I can’t wait to start working on these interesting projects with some of Scotland’s well-loved producers.

“Together, we will be helping to make everyday food, including biscuits, crisps, pies and haggis, healthier. This, in turn, will improve the dietary health in communities across Scotland.”