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21 Sep 2017

New frozen food framework goes live

Eleven suppliers, including 4 Scottish SMEs, join our new frozen food framework

Food

Our multi-million pound frozen food contract for Scottish councils has recently been launched, giving local authorities the option to source a range of products, including British chicken.

Eleven UK suppliers, including 4 Scottish SMEs, have been awarded a place on the new framework that will provide poultry – including British Red Tractor Chicken – Scottish Beef, other meats, seafood, bakery products, chips and potatoes, and fruit and vegetables.

The contract has been put in place to help councils buy frozen foods that will be served as tasty meals in schools, nurseries, community and leisure centre and care homes.

The new framework marks the first time local producers can ‘supply only’ to our council members for frozen foods - as well as supplying and distributing products.

It also gives suppliers clear definitions of country of origin of Scotland and manufactured in Scotland with all food origin data captured and recorded as part of the contact management process.

Our Director Julie Welsh said: “I welcome the launch of our new frozen food contract. It will support Scottish councils in serving up high quality, nutritious meals in their schools, nurseries and wider communities, while offering price stability and value for money, with projected annual saving across all councils of 3.5%. 

“This framework is good for business and was specifically designed to unlock opportunities for SMEs by introducing the option to supply food only. This meant smaller manufacturers and producers were able to bid to be part of a national food contract without having to include distribution.  I am delighted that seven SMEs now have an opportunity to secure a share of the business – one of which will offer councils British Red Tractor chicken, and another which will offer Scottish haddock.”   

The framework will deliver community and employment benefits with suppliers committing to delivering a range of measures including apprenticeships and foodbank donations.