Our Local Food Economy

CAROLE INGLIS SKYE & LOCHALSH FOOD LINK
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TAKING THE INITIATIVE
• • • • • • • • Producer Directory Eating Out guide Food Festival Food Futures Mobile Kitchen Food Link Van Taste Local Awards Taste Local Website
© The Three Chimneys

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WIDER BENEFITS OF LOCAL FOOD
Economic
Crosscutting agendas

Health

Community

Environmental

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FOOD TOURISM IS KEY

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LOCAL PRODUCE ADDS VALUE

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EXCEEDS VISITOR EXPECTATION
• Mussels, oysters, scallops
• Smoked fish products • Dressed & whole crab • Game, meat and hams • Organic herbs & salads • Soft fruits, vegetables • Eggs , jams & chutneys • Chocolates, tablet, fudge • Cheese, yoghurt, crème fraiche

THE LOCAL FOOD CHALLENGE
• Locals want to buy local food locally • visitors expect local food on menus • but…producers too busy producing • small deliveries not economical • customers like single delivery
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OUR DISTRIBUTION SOLUTION

Mail on Sunday/Soil Association Food Awards BEST NEW LOCAL FOOD INITIATIVE SCDI Scottish Water Award for Excellence ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

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Social Return on Investment (SROI)
• • • • • • • • Average mileage per run No. of runs 2000 → 2009 Producers 2000 → 2009 Customers 2000 → 2009 Value of goods – pilot Value of goods - year 2 Value of goods – year 4 Current value of goods • • • • • • • • 250 miles 4 → 72 8 → 15 (28) 15 → 48 £8,600 £18,700 £62,000 £100k +

Economic gain (2009) = Average £830 PER PRODUCER per year Environmental gain (2009) = Saving 160,000 miles per year Social gain = job creation, community cohesion, social inclusion Health gain = cleaner air, more activity (less time spent in car!)

DELIVERING ECONOMIC BENEFITS
• Keeps money in the local economy

• encourages business start ups • creates food tourism opportunities

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SUPPORTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY

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DELIVERING ENVIRO-BENEFITS
• Less pollution by reducing food miles

• reduction in use of convenience packaging • increased diversity of landscape and wildlife

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PROMOTING BIODIVERSITY

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DELIVERING HEALTH BENEFITS
• reduced food miles, smaller carbon footprint • responsibly produced food – lower risk • fresher produce, improved nutrient levels

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INVOLVING SCHOOLS FOR CHANGE
Portree High School GOURMET CHALLENGE

Dunvegan Primary THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLES
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DELIVERING COMMUNITY BENEFITS • Strengthens links between communities
• breaks down social and geographic barriers • halts decline of rural services eg village shops

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LOCAL FOOD FOR LOCAL MARKETS

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GOOD PR OPPORTUNITIES
• Scotland’s Larder, Thistle Awards • Slow Food UK Founding Congress • BBC Grassroots, UKTV, BBC Landward Extensive local and national press coverage

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THE FOODIES V THE FUELIES • Make it quicker and easier
• Help me to be healthy • IT – avoid the checkout • Do it for me • Reward me

Source: IGD Future Vision; new ways to add value for shoppers

WHERE NEXT FOR S&L FOOD LINK?
• Develop year round producers’ market • continue to work towards local meat supply • share expertise through consultancy • roll-out of the ‘Taste Local’ brand • run ‘food link van’ workshops • develop BB&B project
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So, if you value good taste…
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it’s the natural choice

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