County residents urged to support local producers for food and drink fortnight

County residents are being asked to change one thing in their daily life to support local producers during this year’s Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight (2 – 17 September).

Iain Gray MSP is supporting the nationwide annual event which supports and promotes Scotland’s produce and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it.

This year’s Fortnight is asking the Scottish public to think about how much Scottish food and drink they buy and consume and change one thing to help producers in their area.

The county is also a world leader on promoting local food and drink, with the innovative East Lothian BID (Business Improvement District) being the first of its kind in the world.

Speaking about his support for the campaign, Iain Gray MSP said:

“East Lothian boasts some of the finest produce anywhere in Scotland, or the UK for that matter. The County has also been leading the way when it comes to promoting its food and drink, with the ground-breaking East Lothian Food and Drink BID being an international first.

“Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight is another great opportunity to celebrate and promote this excellence. This year’s theme of changing one thing to support local producers is perfect for East Lothian. The campaign is suggesting a huge variety of ways for consumers to make changes which will support local producers, suppliers and retailers.

“I am urging local people to take a moment to visit and do one thing during the campaign fortnight to help local producers. Just one change by many people can make a huge difference to East Lothian’s food and drink community.”

Scotland Food and Drink, the industry’s leadership organisation, organises Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight. It is urging people to get involved on social media and tweet about their change using the #onethingfortnight hashtag.

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