- Published on Thursday, 09 May 2013 13:59
Scottish retailers will receive more help to promote healthier food options in convenience stores thanks to a fresh injection of Scottish Government funding. The extra cash will now mean that the participating retailers will be able to expand the range of produce covered by the Programme, including bread, breakfast cereals and frozen vegetables.
The Programme will also now target expansion of membership in hospital shops and restaurants. Programme members will also be encouraged to engage more with young people, helping them make healthier choices, and promoting healthier ‘meal deal’ choices. These ‘meal deals’ provide shoppers with all the ingredients to make a healthy meal, including meat and vegetables.
Finance of £305k is being committed from April 2013 to April 2014. As well as new funding, Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson also launched new guidance for retailers that are in the programme. The guidance gives information on how to implement the programme in store, including the use of promotional materials, and informs businesses of the foods that can be promoted.
- Published on Monday, 06 May 2013 16:06
- Published on Monday, 15 April 2013 16:23
A NEW trade guide for independent retailers and wholesalers selling tobacco has been produced by the leading industry trade associations – the Scottish Wholesale Association (SWA) and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) – to help the industry fully comply with the new changes to tobacco display requirements included in the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010.
The ‘Fingertip Guide to the New Tobacco Display Laws’ has been published by the SWA and SGF in partnership with leading tobacco companies JTI, Imperial Tobacco and British American Tobacco. It will also be available via an iPhone/iPad app in due course.
Acknowledged by the Scottish Government, the new guide – a comprehensive reference guide to the legislation governing the display of tobacco in independent retailers and wholesalers in Scotland – is designed to help the industry understand the law and, crucially, fully comply with the new legislation.
It outlines the legal ‘Dos and Don’ts’ covering the introduction of the new legislation. Shops with a selling area larger than 280 square metres (3,000 square feet) are classified as a ‘large shop’ and therefore must fully comply with the law by 29 April 2013 while shops with a selling area smaller than 280 square metres are classified as a ‘small shop’ and must be fully compliant by 6 April 2015.
The new guide is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to the law. Instead, it is an extremely valuable reference guide for retailers and wholesalers who should keep copies handy to allow them – and their staff – to refer to it at any given time. It is written in an easy-to-understand format and uses a Q&A approach, answering the questions that retailers and wholesalers will most likely want to ask.
John Drummond, chief executive of the SGF, said: “This is an extremely useful guide for our members as it provides invaluable assistance to retailers who may be unclear as to what their legal obligations are. It provides an easy-to-understand reference using a simple Q&A format to cover all the key points and areas of uncertainty.”
- Published on Friday, 12 April 2013 15:22
SGF is delighted to announce that this year’s Golf Outing will be held on Wednesday 5th June at Drumoig Golf Course, Leuchars, St. Andrews.
Guests will meet for tea/coffee and bacon rolls from 10.00am in the Clubhouse, with tee-off times arranged between 11.00am and 12.30pm. With the round of golf expected to last approximately 4 hours, we have arranged an evening meal and presentation of prizes between 5.00pm and 5.30pm. Buggies will also be available on the day at a cost of £15.
If you would like to participate please call Pauline Mullen on 0131 343 3300. In addition, we do still have sponsorship opportunities and would be happy to hear from suppliers who are interested in taking a team.
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