Support for businesses aiming to achieve SALSA certification

Supplier Development Opportunity:


Following the success of the 2019/20 SALSA programme, Scotland Food & Drink will again offer mentoring support to Scottish businesses to achieve SALSA Certification.

The SALSA scheme is an affordable food safety assurance certification scheme designed for small and early-stage businesses which is widely recognised by buyers in retail and hospitality sectors.

The programme will offer practical one to one technical support, working directly with your business to ensure that you will successfully implement the SALSA standard in preparation for SALSA Certification.


With food and drink being one of the worst affected industries by COVID-19 and Brexit, Scotland Food & Drink is bringing a renewed focus to supplier development programmes through its £5m Recovery Plan, supported by the Scottish Government.

Supplier development has always been high on the agenda for Scotland Food & Drink and has been integral to the Home Advantage strategy published in 2018 and the Ambition 2030 plan.

As part of the Recovery Plan, Scotland Food & Drink has recently launched a new and unique supplier development training initiative, The Academy, which will help support the growth and expand market opportunities for our businesses in the UK and abroad.

It has been identified that small businesses having access to SALSA Certification alongside this dedicated training programme will be integral to recovery and growth in the sector.

Application Process

It is anticipated that there will be significant demand for participation in this SALSA opportunity. The purpose of the following questionnaire is to help select which businesses are best placed to benefit.

The information disclosed in the form will be used for the selection of businesses. There is no restriction, all micro and SMEs can apply however Scotland Food & Drink members will pay a reduced rate.

To be considered for participation we would ask you to give details that relate to the part of the business you feel need to achieve SALSA accreditation, rather than the whole of the group if the organisation forms part of a group.

Apply now

Please complete the below questionnaire, together with any supporting documents, by 8 March 2021.

Apply now

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