Other Information

If you have information or opportunities that you think would be of interest to Dumfries and Galloway food and drink businesses, please contact us to send us details.

We try to include a wide range of information and opportunities within our communications to the D&G food and drink sector.

The Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme is now open for application.  This fund offers a range of financial support to local energy projects, including to rural...

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The Connect Local Regional Food Fund will support initiatives and projects in Scotland which celebrate and promote locally sourced and produced food and drink in line with the priorities of...

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If you've been following the news you'll have seen information start to emerge over the last few months about the new South of Scotland Economic Partnership (an interim body) that will lead to the...

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The Scottish Government yesterday announced £250,000 funding comprising small grants of around £5,000 each which will become available from May to promote Scottish produce. 

We don't...

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Speciality Food Magazine have opened their New Producer Awards for entry - and if you're a new or pre-start business with a good story to tell these are worth entering. Businesses that have been...

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Resource Efficient Scotland are offering free food waste audits and support to food and drink SMEs to access any available Scottish Government funding to help you implement any recommendation...

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As 2018 progresses there are likely to be a number of job opportunities arising in the local food and drink industry which we will list on this page.  Contact me on...

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There are a flurry of food and drink awards opportunities open for entry and for nomination.  If you are considering an entry remember to ping me an email if you want some help with writing...

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As you may be aware, there is potential in Dumfries and Galloway for further development of a scenic route or routes which would increase visitor experience and potentially extend visitor time and...

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The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee at the Scottish Parliament wants to hear views about whether the right funding and financial support is in place to help our industry meet the...
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In case you haven't already spotted this doing the rounds on social media, VisitScotland have commissioned a series of videos that give a taster of holidaying in Dumfries & Galloway.

One...

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Economic Development Officer Mark Geddes is the new strategic lead for food and drink at Dumfries & Galloway Council and will be the industry point of contact for the Growth Advisory Programme...

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Saturday 02nd September, 2017 (All day) to Sunday 17th September, 2017 (All day)

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is taking place this year between Saturday 2nd and Sunday 17th September and all food and drink producers, retailers and hospitality businesses are encouraged...

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Many consumers report being confused by food labelling dating terms such as 'Use by' and 'Best Before' which often results in edible food being wasted. 

To help resove this the Waste...

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The VisitScotland Thistle Awards are open for entry, several categories have a food and drink aspect to them. https://www....

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Thursday 22nd June, 2017 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

Dumfries and Galloway Council is holding a stakeholder workshop as part of developing a Food Growing Strategy for the region. 

Representatives with an interest in...

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Although we hope you never need to use these services, it's handy to know that Dumfries & Galloway Council's Environmental Health team offer free pest control advice by phone, and commercial...

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Dumfries and Galloway's food and drink is on the menu of tonight's #LoveDandG twitter chat hour.

Hosted by Solway Tours the goal of this well established twitter chat hour is to highlight...

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If you are organising or hosting food or drink events there are a number of places you can promote them for free.

D&G Food Trail:  www....

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Thursday 17th November, 2016 - 11:30am to 2:30pm

Dumfries and Galloway's industry led tourism organisation, Visit South West Scotland, has issued an open invitation to its relaunch event, taking place on Thursday at Threave Gardens.

If...

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A local business has a walk in chill unit for sale.  Details are as follows:

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The latest round of Scottish EDGE funding is now open for entry:  https://scottishedge.com

Scottish EDGE is a competitive grant funding scheme,...

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Dumfries and Galloway food and drink producers are invited to submit their business details to a new producer focussed mapping project that is being tested at the moment.  This invitation has...

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If you have views on sustainable food, your input into this survey would be welcomed.  It is being carried out by an MSc student and the results from the questionnaire will be fed back to the...

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Following the announcement of the results of the EU referendum, and the important role EU funding plays in supporting Dumfries and Galloway's economic development activities and, consequently, our...

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VisitScotland are now using The List to supply their event listings and all Event organisers are able to submit their own event for free.  The...

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Thursday 28th April, 2016 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our #EatDG twitter chat hour.  After consulting with a few people I've decided to move the time of the twitter chat to 8pm so that it better suits...

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Tuesday 26th April, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday 27th April, 2016 (All day)

We've mentioned Scotland's Foodscape - a symposium investigating the significance of food in Scotland - before, but if you're free start of next week it's well worth considering.

The...

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Carlisle is working towards becoming a 'Food City' and to support supply chain development the project has started to map food and drink businesses ...

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Tuesday 26th April, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

VisitScotland and Dumfries & Galloway Council invite you to attend this year’s Dumfries & Galloway tourism conference on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries.

The...

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Thursday 25th February, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

We are launching a new way to celebrate, share and enthuse about Dumfries and Galloway food and drink on twitter.

The #EatDG chat hour will start on Thursday 25th February at 7pm and will...

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Sunday 21st February, 2016 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

The new Moffat Tourist Information Centre is now open and is holding an business-only Open Day on Sunday 21st February from 2pm-6pm to demonstrate the plans and facilities available.

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A new monthly bite sized round up of opportunities, news and info: 

Containers for Sale

One of our local food and drink producers has some 20' containers for sale...

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Tuesday 26th April, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday 27th April, 2016 (All day)

Queen Margaret University's Gastronomy MSc and Italy's University of Gastronomic Sciences are collaborating on a two day symposium to be held in Edinburgh on 26-27 April called Scotland's...

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A number of awards are currently open for entry.  Product and business awards are an excellent way of generating publicity for your business and for raising awareness of your products....

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Dumfries & Galloway has been shortlisted for Countryfile Magazine's 'Holiday Destination of the Year'.

You can cast your vote here: ...

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Auditor Liz Fraser has set up a new business providing independent food auditing services in Dumfries & Galloway.

Trading as Baa Tech Ltd services include HACCP reviews, traceability...

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Monday 23rd November, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:30pm

Do you have an opinion on the future of farming in Scotland?  Nourish Scotland is hosting a series of events across Scotland to give everyone with an opinion the opportunity share their views...

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The Community Food Fund is open for applications again, the deadline for applications is mid-December.  If you are considering making an application please get in touch with me on...

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The Dumfries & Galloway Life Awards are now open for nomination - the deadline for entry is 9th October 2015.

There are four food and drink categories.  They are:

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The Dumfries and Galloway Food Trail website is now live and in testing mode at www.dgfoodanddrink.com .  This is a new food...

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Tuesday 03rd November, 2015 (All day) to Thursday 05th November, 2015 (All day)

VisitScotland have launched a campaign called 'Treasured Tastes' as part of Year of Food & Drink, to collate and preserve memories of special meals and drink experiences to showcase Scotland's...

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The next deadline for applications to the Community Food Fund is imminent.  It's an excellent fund that suits Dumfries & Galloway's food and drink sector and it's relatively...

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The Scottish Rural Development Programme's new Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation grant scheme is now open for applications for capital related projects.  The scheme will allocate £...

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Tuesday 28th April, 2015 - 9:30am to 2:00pm

This year’s annual Dumfries & Galloway regional tourism conference will bring together businesses from across the region to focus on tourism opportunities presented in Year of Food and Drink...

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Thursday 26th March, 2015 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

If you are involved in, or are interested in becoming involved in, a community garden project or allotment, this is an opportunity to connect with a Dumfries & Galloway Growing Network.

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Carlisle Food City is undertaking research to understand more about the links between people who produce, sell, process, supply and purchase food within a 50mile radius of Carlisle, which includes...

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Tuesday 28th April, 2015 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Meet the Producer Opportunities at Dumfries & Galloway Tourism Conference, 10am – 2pm, 28th April 2015 in Dumfries

Dumfries & Galloway based food and drink producers with...

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Monday 02nd March, 2015 (All day) to Friday 06th March, 2015 (All day)

Business Gateway is hitting the road and touring the region from 2nd - 6th March, bringing specialist business advisors to towns right across Dumfries & Galloway. 

The Business...

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Dumfries & Galloway’s food and drink industry will receive a welcome boost this year from a £30,000 Dumfries and Galloway Council led project to encourage food and drink tourism during...

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Scotland's major food and drink awards are now open for entry, with an entry deadline of 27th February.

There are 19 categories to choose from, as follows:

  • Soups, Preserves,...
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The Co-operative Development Scotland Collaboration Prize has opened again for application. 

This is a prize that encourages business collaboration for marketing, innovation or...

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Loch Arthur are looking for an experienced cook at their acclaimed Farm Shop & Cafe. 

The ideal person will:

  • Have the skill, creativity & experience to help deliver...
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Health is becoming an increasingly important part of food and drink sector development and aligning your business with awards that celebrate a commitment to the provision of healthy food can be...

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2015 is Scotland's Year of Food and Drink.  There are likely to be all sorts of tasty opportunities of interest to D&G food and drink businesses cropping up over the next few months....

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Are you Dumfries & Galloway's Chef of the Year, Food / Drink Producer of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Tourism Champion, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Most Promising Developing...

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DG Food and Drink:  Contact Lorna Young if you want to discuss food and drink business development, growth plans, sourcing suppliers or outlets, local food contacts or...

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A wee reminder that Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is taking place from 6th - 21st September, and the theme of the fortnight has been announced as Food Adventures.

A few D&G...

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The Food Standards Agency in Scotland have developed a new free web tool so businesses, smoked fish producers in particular, can...

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The Scottish Government has launched a discussion document for consultation and is inviting comments and feedback on it from the industry and from other stakeholders.

Becoming a Good Food...

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VisitScotland is inviting applications to their new Year of Food and Drink Growth Fund.  The Year of Food and Drink runs throughout 2015 and the £100,000 fund has been opened to celebrate the...

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An award winning Dumfries & Galloway based food business is undertaking a succession planning process, which could potentially lead a unique opportunity to acquire a well established brand...

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Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Home Energy Scotland advice centre for south west Scotland are getting together to offer a promotional event on Renewables which might be of interest to you...

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The Crichton Institute has been commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Council to help develop a new Economic Strategy for the region and so they would like to consult with businesses on the issues...

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One of our DG Food and Drink businesses has had an increased number of rogue enquiries recently from people purporting to be small wholesalers seeking to open a credit account.  We are...

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In response to the demand for information from the recent Labelling and Packaging workshop, we have added a Resources...

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Inspired by some of the collaboration, lead generation and product development going on between D&G businesses on Twitter, DG Food and Drink has taken tentative steps into the world of...

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Scotland Food and Drink has a new Supplier Showcase in which Scottish food and drink producers can list their business details for free. 

The Showcase, which can be viewed at...

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DG Food and Drink can now be found on facebook where there is:

An industry information page www.facebook.com/dgfoodanddrink/  ...

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Wednesday 05th March, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Organised by Dumfries & Galloway Farmers’ and Community Markets Association, this event is open to ALL D&G food and drink producers and craft workers, and to farmers’...

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Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Home Energy Scotland advice centre for south west Scotland are getting together to offer a promotional event on renewables.

The Home Energy Scotland...

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