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Pupils learn about Scottish food industry heritage

Pupils learn about Scottish food industry heritage

Pupils in Scotland have been learning about their country's food heritage alongside opportunities available in the food manufacturing industry.

Students from schools across North Lanarkshire took part in a challenge organised by the Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF), which required them to design and market a healthy food product that could be sold at the upcoming Glasgow Commonwealth Games, but it had to be made purely from traditionally Scottish ingredients. 

Rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead commented: "In Scotland, we're fortunate to have access to one of the world's best natural larders and that means that there's a wealth of food-related career opportunities for young Scots to consider."

The Junior Dragons' Lair project saw pupils learn skills used in the food industry - such as market research, product development and branding - and was supported by representatives from Warburtons, Brakes and Muller Wiseman Dairies. 

Alongside designing a healthy Scottish product, local Airdrie business the Village Butcher also set pupils the challenge of developing a new pie to sell in its shop.

A young student from New Monkland Primary School came up with the idea for a healthy breakfast pie, which used ingredients such as local organic bacon and eggs, which were grilled instead of fried. 

The finished product proved extremely popular with customers and went on to win the challenge.

While the project required pupils to use cooking and creative skills, it also involved literacy and numeracy aspects, as well as focusing on the health and wellbeing requirements of the curriculum. 

Students had the opportunity to learn how what they were doing could be transferred to a food manufacturing role in the industry, which the SFDF hopes will encourage them to consider such a career path in the future.

Schools programme coordinator for the SFDF Moira Stalker explained: "Through working together, not only do pupils get to learn more about our industry, it also gets them thinking about how food is made and the many exciting careers the Scottish food industry has to offer."


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