Further food-to-go funding announced

Pete Cheema, SGF Chief Executive

The Scottish Government has released a further £300,000 in funding to help local retailers bolster their food-to-go offering.

The extension of the popular scheme was announced by SGF Chief Executive Pete Cheema at the Federation’s recent Business Summit (30 April).

Retailers can receive grants of up to £7,500 in matched funding to develop food-to-go in their stores. A total of £250,000 was distributed under the scheme in 2018, which will again be administered by SGF.

Successful applicants must show a commitment to local sourcing and to offering a range of healthy eating options. Additional criteria include the completion of an action plan to reduce food and packaging waste.

“We are delighted that the Scottish government is not only renewing but increasing this significant investment in our industry,” said Pete Cheema.

“The grants will help convenience retailers to stay competitive, respond to changing customer demand and connect with local suppliers. This is a win-win for convenience retailing in Scotland.”