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Food for Life . Transforming food culture in Scotland. Angela Mitchell SSN Quarterly, December 2012. Agenda. Food for Life Scotland - overview Innovation – Edinburgh & Copenhagen Ken Campbell, North Ayrshire Council Q&A. Soil Association. Founded in 1946

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food for life

Food for Life

Transforming food culture in Scotland

Angela Mitchell

SSN Quarterly, December 2012

  • Food for Life Scotland - overview
  • Innovation – Edinburgh & Copenhagen
  • Ken Campbell, North Ayrshire Council
  • Q&A
soil association
Soil Association
  • Founded in 1946
  • Membership charity – healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use
  • Charity owns Soil Association Certification Ltd (social enterprise)


Food for Life Scotland

  • Aim
  • To transform food culture in Scotland so we can all eat food that is good for us, our communities and our planet.
  • Outcomes
  • Support local enterprise
  • Improve wellbeing & attainment
  • Increase environmental sustainability
achievements so far
Achievements so far…

Highland Council – Bronze aiming for Silver, 9000 primary meals/day

5% of school meals in Scotland are currently certified

Stirling Council –

Bronze aiming for Silver, 2000 primary meals/day

East Ayrshire Council – Gold, 5000 primary meals/day

our vision
Our Vision…

20% increase year on year in certified meals eaten

  • Local Authorities
  • Schools & nurseries
  • Universities & FE Colleges
  • Hospitals/healthcare
  • Tourism & Leisure
  • Workplace canteens
policy context
Policy Context
  • The National Food and Drink Policy
  • Public Duties Guidance
  • Sustainable Procurement Action Plan
  • Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006
  • The Schools (Health Promotion & Nutrition) Act 2007
  • The Obesity Strategy (2010)
  • Sustainability enshrined in the SOA & National Outomes
  • The Sustainable Procurement Bill
  • Catering for Change

Curriculum for Excellence

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • New learning opportunities…linking food & lunch
  • Wider school community engagement

Be a Pioneer!

Consumer Insights and Food Trends – people want better quality fresh food!

  • Supporting local economy/community
  • Increased health & wellbeing
  • Increased environmental sustainability

Increased uptake

    • Improved income
    • Healthier, happier customers

Independent endorsement

    • Customer reassurance

Strong marketing tool

    • Added value to menus

PR value

    • Pioneering the scheme in Scotland
    • Enhanced reputation/CSR
on the right path
On the right path…

“There’s a real business benefit – both in terms of driving up standards of the food being served and supporting local producers. But we’re also raising awareness of what we eat and how it is produced. The food we consume and produce helps to define our nation, impacting on our health and our environment.

“So I would urge everyone involved in sourcing food for our public sector to look carefully at Scotland’s fantastic larder and the incredible variety on offer. With a wealth of fine produce on our doorstep, nobody should have to settle for second best.”

Richard Lochead, November 2012

get in touch

Get in touch…

Name: Angela Mitchell

Job title: Food for Life Scotland Manager

T: 07917-671869