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Local focus: new opportunities for Scottish suppliers

Scotland Excel launch new PIN

At Food for Life Scotland we’re dedicated to seeing more fantastic Scottish produce make it onto plates in schools across the country. Public sector procurement is a valuable route to market for Scottish producers, and with Scotland Excel recently announcing new procurement plans for frozen food, it’s a great time to find out more.

Meet with the experts

Scotland Excel is the Centre of Procurement Expertise for the local government sector, with 32 local authorities across Scotland using one or more of its frameworks to source food for school meals.

Following the release of the new Prior Information Notice (PIN) for the frozen food framework, suppliers have been invited to meet with Scotland Excel to gain an insight into public procurement and discuss the opportunity in more detail with no commitment required.

Focusing on local

More and more councils across Scotland are recognising the value of supporting their local economies and reducing food miles by sourcing local produce for the public plate. Since working with Food for Life, City of Edinburgh Council now source 80% of their fresh meat and fish from Scotland.

Scotland Excel too have expanded their support for Scottish producers in recent years, introducing ‘supply only’ elements to allow smaller businesses to participate, and increasing Scottish produce available on existing frameworks by using Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) such as Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb.

An opportunity to engage

The Prior Information Notice to the upcoming Frozen Foods framework has now been published on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS). The scope of products covered under the framework will include, but are not limited to, frozen, bakery products, meat, meat substitute products, poultry, seafood, savoury products, fruit & vegetables, potato products, pizza, ice cream & desserts, and special function products.

Scotland Excel are arranging individual supplier meetings in September to discuss the framework and understand the current marketplace better. Meetings with Scotland Excel will take place virtually on the 14th, 15th and 18th of September between 9am and 2pm and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Please email education.corporate@scotland-excel.org.uk by Friday 11th September if you are interested in arranging a meeting.

To find out more, call +44 300 300 1200 or e-mail education.corporate@Scotland-excel.org.uk