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Food and Drink Advice and Support Service

Food and Drink Opportunity Assessments 

We have a team of food waste reduction advisers who will help you to implement meaningful environmental changes and achieve serious savings.

Our free support and advice to businesses includes:

  • A food and drink opportunity assessment – to identify where and how savings can be made;
  • A comprehensive report – written for you, highlighting key actions you can take now, at no cost, and signposting major changes including how to access support and financing.

Whether you are a small café, large food and drink manufacturer, brewery, butcher, hotel, restaurant, or other business – we can support you to become more sustainable. 

You can apply for a free food and drink opportunity assessment by emailing food.drink@zerowastescotland.org.uk

Funding opportunities for the food and drink sector

Waste Prevention Implementation Fund

Our Waste Prevention Implementation Fund has proven a great success with the business community.  More information on businesses that have benefited from this funding is available from our case studies 

To register your interest in the funding, please email food.drink@zerowastescotland.org.uk

A great way to find out if you could benefit from this funding is to apply for a food and drink opportunity assessment where we will make recommendations on how your business can reduce waste, increase profits and if you are eligible for support and funding.

Scottish Government SME Loan

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting small and medium Scottish businesses to reduce energy and costs.  The SME Loan provides unsecured, interest free loans from £1,000 up to £100,000 for the waste and energy upgrades.

Find out more about the Scottish Government SME Loan.

A great way to find out if you could benefit from this funding is to apply for a food and drink opportunity assessment where we will make recommendations on how your business can reduce waste, increase profits and if you are eligible for support and funding.

Circular Economy Investment Fund

Zero Waste Scotland is investing £18 million as a grant funding to small and medium sized enterprises who are helping to create a more circular economy.

Find out more information about the Circular Economy Investment Fund  

Bioeconomy Opportunities

Are you able to offer a solution and shellfish waste and by-products arising from process and mortalities?

Zero Waste Scotland is working in partnership with the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) to encourage collaboration between business & academia to deliver solutions for Scotland’s waste and by-products.  

Funding is available for projects that offer a high-value solution for fish and shellfish waste and by-products arising from processing and mortalities.  

Find out if you’re eligible.

Regional Food Fund (RFF)

The Connect Local Regional Food Fund (RFF) is a grant to support growth in Scotland’s local / regional food and drink sector.  Find out more information including if you are eligible for a grant of up to £5000 on the Connect Local website 

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