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Latest Food & Drink articles

  • Top tips on tipping

    Top tips on tipping

    Tipping is a situation that everyone finds themselves dealing with, but it’s not always clear what ‘rules’ apply, and what the legal position might be. Here, Dawn Robertson looks at the tips and gratuities both from the point of view of the business receiving the tips and from the perspective of the customer giving the tip.

  • What is a craft distiller and are they due a tax break?

    What is a craft distiller and are they due a tax break?

    Is there a case for reduced rates of spirit duty for craft distillers? As Scotland’s craft distilling industry grows, Scott Kerr, head of Harper Macleod’s Food & Drink group, considers whether a new category of “small distillery” should be created to help the fledgling artisans establishing their brands, and whether we need a Campaign for Craft Spirits.

  • Folic acid in flour proposals highlight Scotland/England divide on food regulation

    Folic acid in flour proposals highlight Scotland/England divide on food regulation

    It almost goes without saying that, for food manufacturers, different rules in different parts of the UK could cause immense problems. Suggestions that the Scottish Government is considering whether to require food manufacturers to add folic acid to flour have highlighted that food safety and regulation is a devolved matter and may therefore be regulated differently in Scotland from the rest of the UK.