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Latest Food & Drink articles

  • Scotland, Whisky and its Geographical Indications

    Scotland, Whisky and its Geographical Indications

    The provenance of authentic Scottish produce has value in the global market. Scotch whisky, for example, is the world's top internationally traded spirit with exports worth almost £4bn annually. The case has yet to be determined but it raises the question of how we protect Scotland's domestic produce and what happens if someone tries to replicate a protected product elsewhere?

  • Asking visitors to leave no trace … other than contact details

    Asking visitors to leave no trace … other than contact details

    As travel restrictions ease and tourism hospitality and retail sectors gradually open up again,  businesses and local communities across Scotland are grappling with numerous challenges - from anticipating demand, staffing and supply chain issues to managing social distancing and contact tracing requirements.

  • Colin v Cuthbert: the great British cake-off

    Colin v Cuthbert: the great British cake-off

    One of the most high profile stories in the food and drink press in the past few weeks has been the steps taken by Marks & Spencer against Aldi over claims that Aldi's "Cuthbert the Caterpillar" cake is infringing Marks & Spencer's intellectual property rights in its "Colin the Caterpillar" cake.

  • Essential updates for the Food & Drink sector

    Essential updates for the Food & Drink sector

    Our latest updates for those involved in the Scottish Food & Drink sector include: the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation agreement; the Trade and Agriculture Commission Issues report; the Scotland Food & Drink Recovery Plan; and an update from the Groceries Code Adjudicator.