Lanarkshire Larder is a membership organisation made up of local food and drink businesses who want to raise awareness of the food and drink industry in the region. The group aims to heighten awareness of the breadth and quality local produce whilst making it more accessible to a wider public.
The funding has been used to part fund a part-time coordinator who can grow the network. We also received additional funding from Scotland Food & Drink which we used to create a strong brand and social media presence for the group and to develop a website which will showcase all our members. Phase 2 of the website will be to develop food and drink tourism trails. Our food and drink trails will increase access to locally produced food and drink and reduce supply chains which in turn can benefit the local economy. The trails will make significant contributions to communities by attracting additional visitor nights and expenditure. People are looking for experiences to immerse themselves in a destinations story and engage with locals. By creating Food Trails, we will be providing visitors with a way to experience the food and drink in Lanarkshire.
The group was officially formed in April 2021 and over the last couple of months we have been actively recruiting members. We have had a very positive response from businesses and already have over 32 members from across the region and are continuing to grow. Lanarkshire as a region has one of the most diverse food and drink landscapes in Scotland with producers ranging from St. Brides Poultry, MacDuff Beef, Taylors of Biggar to smaller producers such as, Mclean Gin, Chocolat Blanc, Millers Larder and Cows of Covington. Our members also include hospitality, Farm Shops and Food retail. All members will benefit from our social media, PR and industry engagement as we work together to raise awareness of the region.
Other goals include:
It is important that we engage with members and the wider food and drink industry in Lanarkshire to raise awareness of food and drink for the region. We want to support Lanarkshire food and drink businesses and to work with the wider community to encourage people to shop local.
You can support us by becoming a member and creating a stronger voice for regional food and drink from Lanarkshire.
Find out more about Lanarkshire Larder by visiting their website here.