A NEW Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund has been established by the Scottish Government to help qualifying wholesalers affected by coronavirus restrictions cover fixed costs for a six-month period from October 2020.

This follows months of ongoing discussions between SWA, its members and officials within the Scottish Government food and drink team.

Further to the Scottish Government's announcement on the launch of a £5m Scottish Wholesale Food & Drink Resilience Fund, SWA provides wholesalers with advice and help in the application process.

The Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) is among 11 of Scotland’s leading food, drink, seafood and farming organisations that have taken the “unusual step” of making a direct plea to the Prime Minister to warn of the “perilous situation” facing the food and drink industry if there is no-deal Brexit.

The Scottish Wholesale Association has welcomed this week’s confirmation by the First Minister that Scottish wholesalers will be able to access much-needed hardship grant funding to help businesses which can remain open but are directly constrained by the Scottish Government’s new five-tier local Covid restrictions which come into effect on November 2.

The Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has welcomed confirmation from the Scottish Government that some food and drink wholesalers will be able to gain access to a small amount of the £40 million support package announced last week for hospitality businesses affected by the latest round of lockdown restrictions.

The Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that their financial support package announced in light of the new temporary restrictions covers food and drink wholesalers and others in the hospitality supply chain as well as the hospitality businesses affected.

The Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has called on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to ensure that any new phase of financial support for the hospitality and tourism sectors includes food and drink wholesalers and other businesses in the hospitality supply chain.

Scottish Wholesale Association member Taylor Wholesale has spoken about its experiences when Covid-19 and lockdown hit the business, and how it lost nearly 80% of its business overnight.

Leading dairy group Lactalis UK & Ireland has joined the Scottish Wholesale Association as part of its strategy to strengthen its links with the wholesale sector in Scotland and build awareness of the branded cheddar market.

The Scottish Government has published its updates on retail guidance, social distancing and the mandatory wearing of face coverings.