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Scottish School Pupils Take Part in Innovative Scottish Foodie Competition

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Scottish School Pupils Take Part in Innovative Scottish Foodie Competition

Scottish School Pupils Take Part in Innovative Scottish Foodie Competition
November 26
09:53 2015

Scottish pupils from schools across the country took part in a new foodie competition this week, aimed at creating a product which could be sold in schools across Scotland.

Organised as part of the Scottish Food Festival, the competition was run by Education Scotland, The Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF), ASSIST Facilities Management and took place at sponsor Brakes’ new regional distribution centre in Newhouse, North Lanarkshire.

Aimed at promoting Scotland’s natural larder, the challenge was based on a Dragons Den-style format, where products were presented to a panel of industry judges.

The winner – Preston Lodge High School in Prestonpans – impressed the ‘dragons’ with their oat-based Astro Snack cookies.

In second place, Craigholme School impressed with their Oaty Oaty Oaty savoury oatcakes, while Falkirk High came third, with their Bonnie Berry Mousse, made using Scottish berries.

Pupils were challenged to design a healthy, innovative new product which adhered to the following criteria:

  • It would be a product which they themselves would like to eat
  • It would encourage more pupils to choose school meals
  • Could be promoted with an advertising campaign incorporating a name and a catch phrase
  • Could be sold as a stand-alone product

The product also had to be developed using a combination of healthy ingredients which included at least one Scottish food or drink ingredient with a link to 2015, the Year of Food and Drink.

Matthew Scobey, Development Chef for Education at Brakes said: ‘All the pupils did an incredible job presenting to us on the day, and we look forward to seeing this as an annual event and inviting more school pupils to Brakes.’

Moira Stalker, National Co-ordinator SFDF Schools Programme added: ‘The pupils provided the ‘dragons’ with professional presentations which demonstrated their understanding of the product development and marketing process for food products. We were all very impressed by the quality of the work.’

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