The Scottish Government commissioned Litmus Partnership to undertake a
research project to provide an overview of total expenditure by the public sector
in Scotland on food and drink in all years from 2010-11 to 2012-13.
This report follows on from a similar piece of research which was conducted by
Litmus Partnership in 2012 for the Scottish Government. The 2012 research
estimated the value of food and drink procured by the public sector in Scotland in
Total spend on food and drink by the public sector in Scotland was estimated at
£149.4 million in 2012-13.
The percentage of Scottish origin products is estimated to have remained
unchanged from the 2009-10 estimated share of 48%.
It is also estimated that in 2012-13, Scottish based suppliers represented 78% of
the supplier base and 64% of the volume of expenditure.
Sustainability criteria are now a requirement within the specification of all food
and drink tenders offered to the market by Scottish public sector bodies.
Aside from price and quality, assurance standards and accreditations, delivery
schedule and nutritional content were identified by respondents as the most
important out of the other eleven criteria when awarding food and drink
contracts. The other criteria surveyed were: the origin of food, encouraging
business with SMEs, waste reduction and recycling, supporting the local
economy, corporate social responsibility and food miles.