The region’s food and drink promotions organisation, Savour the Flavours, has announced it will cease operations this month.
The programme, which supports and promotes local producers across Dumfries and Galloway, has struggled with funding from Dumfries and Galloway Council and LEADER.
Chairman Dave Smith said: “Due to difficulties in sourcing core funding, Savour the Flavours will stop active operations on 18th October 2013 when the current project, funded by Leader and Dumfries and Galloway Council, comes to an end.
“This means that all day to day business, industry support and co-ordination currently provided by Savour the Flavours, its Project Manager and its supporting services will be put on hold for the foreseeable future.
“These core Savour the Flavours activities, its modus operandi and its assets are for now being zipped up rather than shut down. At a committee meeting on 27th September 2013 it was unanimously agreed that our organisation will continue to seek funding for projects to support Dumfries and Galloway’s local food and drink industry; businesses that range from micro and new start artisan food producers to larger manufacturers; from hospitality businesses, restaurants and chefs to farmers’ markets and independent retailers.
“We are currently finalising funding applications for future projects that we hope will benefit Dumfries and Galloway’s food and drink sector during the important 2014 Year of Homecoming, and looking ahead to the 2015 Year of Food and Drink.
“Our organisation will also continue to deliver the highly successful Flavour Fortnight food festival which this year saw unprecedented levels of interest and numerous sell out events. An independent evaluation and economic impact study on Flavour Fortnight 2013 will be published later this year.
“For the remainder of the current Savour the Flavours project attention will focus on transitional activities to support the industry sector groups established by Savour the Flavours including DandG Chefs Association, Dumfries and Galloway Farmers’ and Community Markets Association and Catered 4.
“The committee of Savour the Flavours, and its parent organisation Dumfries and Galloway Food and Drink Initiative, would like to formally thank everyone who has played a part in the extraordinary success of Savour the Flavours over the past four years. The achievements made, highlighted in a recent independent evaluation, and the legacy left by the project is something that we can all be rightfully proud of. Together we have set a new standard in Scotland, and a potential blueprint, for excellence in regional food and drink sector development.”