21 April 2020, 08:11 AM
  • Sip Scran Support has been set up by LUX, an Edinburgh-based food and drink brand development agency, to enable Scots to support their local food and drinks businesses during the coronavirus lockdown
New food and drink platform helps Scots shop local through lockdown

The platform provides shoppers with details of independent delis and food services available across Edinburgh, Glasgow and further afield, which are offering delivery or ‘no contact collection’ covering everything from wine and cheese boards to fresh meat and fish. The scheme also champions vital community food-related initiatives seeking support.

The initiative comes after a survey carried out by LUX showed 60% of Scots intend to buy from smaller, independent retailers in the coming weeks as lockdown is extended. Through consumer insights panels, the agency found that 66% of Scottish women (and 34% of men) have spent more time meal planning since lockdown; 30% of women and 18% of men are buying more alcohol, and 54% of those surveyed are thinking more about their food waste.

Mhairi MacLeod, director and co-founder of LUX, said, “At LUX, Scottish food and drink is our bread and butter and Sip Scran Support provides a platform to showcase the diversification and creativity taking place across the industry.

“We’re thrilled to see that the majority of Scots are looking to support local businesses at a time when they need it most and, by launching Sip Scran Support, we aim to connect those consumers with everyday essentials, takeaway treats and community causes across the country.”

Since launching 10 days ago, LUX reports that 150 businesses have been in touch and they’re currently working through uploading these to the site alongside those already listed. Over 150K food and drink firms - from wholesalers to local independent shops - across the UK will be affected by the ongoing pandemic, and Sip Scran Support hopes to support as many as possible through the site.

Popular pancake bar Stack & Still, bakery Twelve Triangles, and deli Spry Wines are included in the listings, and LUX are inviting Scots to send in their suggestions for additional businesses to be added.