Scottish Government Debate: Celebrating Scotland's Food and Drink Success
S5M-13876 Fergus Ewing: Celebrating Scotland’s Food and Drink Success Story—That the
Parliament welcomes Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight and its campaign this year to encourage
more people to buy, eat and promote Scottish food and drink and to champion the role that young
people play in the sector’s success; notes that these aims are reflected in the vision of Scotland as
a Good Food Nation; notes that legislation underpinning the Good Food Nation vision and
ambition will be introduced in the current parliamentary session; acknowledges the importance
and value of the Scottish food and drink sector to the Scottish economy and the people of
Scotland, particularly through the growth in sales within the UK and overseas since 2007; notes
that, in 2017, food and drink exports to the EU were worth £2.5 billion; is concerned that the
prospect of a hard or no-deal Brexit increasingly puts this success at risk, not least because of the
threat to the geographical indication status, which provides economic benefit to many important
Scottish products, and urges the UK Government to ensure that Scottish produce can continue to
benefit from geographical indication status in the UK, Europe and internationally.
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