Nicola Sturgeon unveils £200,000 boost for Scotch Lamb campaign

A campaign to promote Scotch lamb will benefit from £200,000 of new funding.

Published 6th Aug 2018
Updated 6 th Aug 2018

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the cash as she met farmers and butchers on a visit to the Turriff Show in Aberdeenshire.

The funding will support Quality Meat Scotland's 2018 Scotch lamb promotional campaign.

The meat product is one of 15 Scottish protected geographical indicators under EU law.

Ms Sturgeon said: "The food and drink sector plays an important part in Scotland's economy, so it is important we promote our premium produce.

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"The strength of our farming industry would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of the farmers who work tirelessly to produce high-quality meat.

"That hard work and premium product is recognised by the protection given by the EU to the Scotch lamb brand and we will be working hard to continue that protection in the future.

"I'm pleased we could support this year's campaign which will help encourage consumers to buy Scotch lamb as part of their regular shopping."

Jim McLaren, chairman of Quality Meat Scotland, said: "Today's announcement by the First Minister is fantastic news for the Scottish sheep industry and it's a great boost for our producers."

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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