- Fife-based new food and drink innovation hub, Bowhouse, has unveiled an expanded portfolio of makers based at its St Monans site, alongside new funding to support start-up food and drinks businesses
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The Fife Council Economic Development is supporting Bowhouse to help businesses by assisting them to test their products and better position their companies. Funding will provide a range of benefits designed to help companies grow, including business advice, collaboration opportunities and free pitches at Bowhouse Food Weekend events, which draw crowds of over 20,000.
The Bowhouse launched 10 months ago and now has seven micro-producers based at the venue, working on numerous kinds of food and drink products ranging from heritage flour to craft beer. Producers make use of a range of sizes of production units, which all come with full temperature control, gas, electricity and water.
Pamela Stevenson, lead officer of enterprise and business development at Fife Council said, “Bowhouse is an exciting development for Fife’s growing food and drink sector. We’re delighted to be working with the team there to encourage entrepreneurs to test the market, trade and engage in the the wider opportunities around Bowhouse. This is part of broader activity taking place to boost Fife’s food and drink sector.”
Toby Anstruther, founder of Bowhouse said, “Bowhouse is a place for making. Making food by transforming raw ingredients from the East Neuk’s farms and waters into finished products ready for eager customers locally and further afield. Bowhouse replaces a missing link in the food chain from farmer to consumer and there is a clear appetite for this, as our growing number of makers demonstrates. I’m delighted to be working with Fife Council to offer new food and drink businesses the opportunity to test the market, collaborate and grow.”