A landmark agreement has meant that schools in Scotland will have greater access to Scottish cheese.
Lactalis, Brakes Scotland and the procurement agencies Scotland Excel and Cordia worked together to make Scottish cheese more widely and consistently available to over half a million school pupils across Scotland.
It is predicted that around 385 tonnes of cheese will be sold to schools in Scotland.
“The £1.5m deal will ensure that more of our school children enjoy the benefits of locally produced food, and will provide a welcome boost to our primary producers working tirelessly to put food on our tables,” said cabinet secretary for the rural economy and connectivity, Fergus Ewing .
The cheese will be supplied by Lactalis McLelland, who produce their cheese near Stranraer and source milk from 147 farms from Ayrshire to Dumfries.
“We are delighted to provide the nations’ schools with our high quality cheese thereby creating a link from the farms of South West Scotland via the Caledonian Creamery to the plates of children in schools all over Scotland,” said Mike Chatters, category sales director at Lactalis Mclelland.
Brakes Scotland will increase the amount of Scottish-sourced products they offer and now have a dedicated team concentrating on buying, marketing and selling Scottish food and drink.
Sarah Mackie, procurement director for Brakes Scotland, said: “This is the latest in several new Scottish sourced products that schools have been buying through Brakes Scotland along with scotch beef burgers, sliced scotch beef and specially selected ham as well as snacks which all conform to the school nutritional guidelines.”
The move comes after Ewing said he wanted to see “more of our schools, hospitals and public sector organisations taking advantage of the high quality food and drink produced in Scotland”.