Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Mairi Gougeon has approved the roll-out of the fourth phase of the Scottish Grocers’ Federation’s Go Local Programme.
Originally launched in December 2020, the Programme looks to support convenience stores the length and breadth of Scotland in providing dedicated, long-term display space for locally sourced Scottish products.
Its aim is to increase the turnover of locally and nationally produced Scottish products within the convenience sector, to make up for lost volumes in other sectors and to aid economic recovery for Scottish producers.
Phase four sees a further allocation of £190,000 for the Programme and the selection of at least 40 geographically and demographically diverse stores to secure increased display space for Scottish products, as well as using available Scottish supplier databases to grow the number of suppliers and improve customer choice.
Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon said widespread participation from local producers and store owners was a testament to the programme’s success.
She said: “It is encouraging to see an increase in shelf space for Scottish produce and a growth of nearly 40% in the sale of eligible products.
“We remain committed to supporting local convenience stores, as well as helping consumers access more of the fresh, quality produce they demand from our fantastic food and drink producers.”
SGF boss Pete Cheema added: “Local convenience stores are at the very heart of their communities and perfectly placed to support our wonderful local producers and suppliers across Scotland.
“By supporting retailers and helping them offer their customers high quality, locally sourced, fresh, and healthier food, convenience stores are a key driver in growing their local economy.”
Stores participating in ‘Go Local’ see an average increase in the Local Multiplier of £159,000 every year.
Applications to Phase Four of the programme close on 31 May 2023.