Thousands of school pupils in Scotland will now be able to enjoy Scottish cheese as part of their school menu.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017
The initiative is the successful result of an agreement between the Scottish Government procurement offices - Cordia and Scotland Excel, Lactalis Mclelland, and Brakes Scotland.
With an annual forecast of approximately 385T of cheese being sold to Schools in Scotland this is a positive development which is complimentary to the comments Fergus Ewing made recently (last week) at the summit on public sector contracts and his desire to see “more of our schools, hospitals and public sector organisations taking advantage of the high quality food and drink produced in Scotland…”
In response to this news Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing said “I’m delighted that Lactalis, Brakes Scotland and the procurement agencies Scotland Excel and Cordia have worked together to find a way for more Scottish cheese to be widely and consistently available to over half a million school pupils across Scotland. The £1.5 million deal will ensure that more of our school children enjoy the benefits of locally produced food, and will provide a welcome boost to our primary producers working tirelessly to put food on our tables. This is good news today, on what is international school meals day and I hope to see more collaboration like this in the future.”
Supplied by Lactalis McLelland, who produce their cheese at the dairy production facility near Stranraer, source milk from 147 farms stretching from Ayrshire to Dumfries and surrounding areas. The schools required volume of cheese will be the equivalent of 3.8M litres of milk. Mike Chatters, Category Sales Director at Lactalis Mclelland stated: “We are delighted to provide the nations’ schools with our high quality cheese thereby creating a link from the farms of South West Scotland via the Caledonian Creamery to the plates of children in schools all over Scotland”
Brakes Scotland have made a conscious effort to increasing the amount of Scottish sourced products that they offer and now have a dedicated team concentrating on buying, marketing and selling of Scottish food and drink.
Sarah Mackie, Procurement Director for Brakes Scotland said "this is the latest in several new Scottish sourced products that schools have been buying through Brakes Scotland along with scotch beef burgers, sliced scotch beef and specially selected ham as well as snacks which all conform to the school nutritional guidelines."