SWA launches local food programme

The Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) has launched its Wholesale Local Food Champion training programme with the aim of identifying local sourcing opportunities for wholesalers and local producers.

Also aiming to help wholesalers access new markets, this new programme follows the SWA’s 2021 local sourcing project and will encourage Scotland’s wholesalers to appoint an individual to take responsibility for shaping the local sourcing strategy within their operations.

Colin Smith, SWA chief executive, said: “We’ve had a tremendous response from our members and suppliers to our DGTW programme and we thank the Scottish Government for providing funding to further extend the Scottish sourcing opportunity for local producers selling through the wholesale route to market.

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Registration of the SWA Wholesale Local Food Champion training programme, which is fully funded and supported by the Scottish Government, is now open. It closes on 19 March with the first 20 cohorts undertaking their training over two half days on 23-24 March. Wholesalers should register at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QLVTPVG

Elsewhere at the SWA, it has joined forces with cash handling experts Volumatic with a view to helping their members simplify their cash handling processes.

John Farrell, member development & liaison officer at the Scottish Wholesale Association said: “We’re happy to be welcoming Volumatic as our latest affiliate member and are looking forward to introducing them to our SWA members to see how they can help make their daily cash processing easier and more cost-effective.”

Tom Walker, sales manager, UK North at Volumatic, added: “Volumatic are always looking for ways to help businesses with their cash handling needs and by joining forces with the SWA we’ll have the opportunity to talk to Scottish Wholesalers who could really benefit from our award-winning cash handling solutions. We’re very excited to be arranging meetings already and look forward to a long and strong partnership with the SWA.”

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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. He can be found on Twitter at @BW_PaulHill, or contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 07960935659.


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