Fish Market Information
There was slightly more fish hitting markets over the course of today. Prices remain strong, but supplies are still very low. This morning Peterhead had 483 boxes (40% monk) and Shetland 677 boxes (40% whiting). KLB will have a small market later tonight of 200+ (export mix).
Reports for tomorrow currently showing another small market in Pd of approx. 600 ( all Rockall fish consigned from UL) and Scrabster has reported in with 1 boat for 167 boxes of mainly haddock and whiting. Shetland showing 380 boxes Friday from 2 boats, with another boat still to report.
There will be more haddock on PD market from tomorrow, so we should get a better idea of where the remaining fresh trade demand for bigger sizes is at.
Locally efforts to get more vessels back to sea are being hampered by the weather. While there is a short lull between tomorrow and Saturday, Sunday into Monday now looking poor also with a southerly f6, gusting f8 forecast. On the west coast the boats on the edge could get worked over the weekend but the forecast is currently giving what could be a fairly punchy Atlantic depression forming west of Rockall moving NE up and over the Wyville Thomson Ridge as we move into Monday. If the forecast is correct by P.M. Monday the Northerly grounds, especially up and around Shetland will be taking the brunt of it.
The forecast aside we still hope that several boats will make a move by Monday, but given the delay the weather will cause, it is estimated that it could be a week yet before auctions market increase beyond current minimal levels.
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We are currently working with Scotland Food & Drink to develop a portal to promote local selling activity that is taking place. We are continuing to promote activity through social media at present so please feel free to send us any information you wish us to be communicated out.
At a UK level we are working with Scottish Government to develop a campaign to get more seafood into UK retail.
At Seafood Scotland we have access to in-market specialists in number of key markets across the world. We have received market intelligence on a number of key markets which I have summarised and attached for information. Tonight I have focussed on France, Italy, Spain, Middle East, USA and China. We will continue to update this information for you.
I have also attached a poster I was send by Paul Thomson from JK Thomson, his daughter in law designed this for their office, a little bit of humour.
Scotland Food & Drink Update
The additional guidance from Food Standards Scotland, mentioned yesterday, was published this morning. See below for the link. This is really important official guidance and it should be treated as the go-to place for information on how to maximise social distancing and worker protection, at the same time as continuing to maintain food/drink production and supply. The new guidance incorporates some of the best practice information we had shared previously. You can also use this as a risk assessment tool within your own business. It will also be a helpful mechanism to engage with the workforce and give them even further confidence on the steps you’re taking to protect them and the business. Thanks to FSS for the work on this, which aligns with advice across the rest of the UK.
There’s one bit of feedback we’re asking for from you over the next 24 hours – around access to government financial support, in particular the Business Interruption Loan Scheme. There have been a number of reports of problems and delays. We hear that changes may be coming and there’s reports the Chancellor may overhaul the scheme very shortly. In particular, by removing the requirement for banks to consider all other lending options first. That is one likely reason that money is not flowing as quick as it should. All feedback welcome via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other areas to tell us about include updates on your staff absenteeism. It still seems to be levelling out at around 10-15% on average. But we know it is spiking more sharply in some businesses. Secondly, the haulage industry is under significant pressure. Over 40% of the UK fleet is parked up just now. The wheels of delivery are still moving but any issues should be reported to us.
We’re also working with Seafood Scotland and other industry partners and Scottish Government on campaign work to encourage people to buy local. A central portal for the public to access direct delivery is being explored too. All of this would help to find new customers for products now locked out of export and foodservice markets. We will keep you updated on progress.
Lastly, Scottish Government officials are working hard on the next phase of financial support for the sector. The seafood processing sector has been at the sharp end of the impact, so measures for them, alongside options for the wider sector, are in development. Expect to hear more in tomorrow’s daily update on that.
Important New Guidance from Food Standards Scotland: COVID-19 – Guidance for Food Business Operators and their Employees
In these challenging times, it is essential for the food sector to prioritise the safety of their staff as a critical resource and to ensure all of their employees are following government guidance on infection prevention and control measures against COVID-19.
Whilst there is currently no evidence that food is a source of the virus, it is more important than ever for food businesses to implement effective Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), including the application of frequent and thorough hygiene practice.
This guidance has been developed to supplement generic guidance for consumers and food businesses which has been published by Food Standards Scotland and on the Gov.uk website.
It intends to translate Scottish Government guidance on ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): business and social distancing guidance’ and the advice published by Health Protection Scotland for Non-Healthcare Settings for application in food manufacturing settings. This guidance also takes account of guidelines produced by the food industry on practical ways to provide a safe working environment at this time.
To access this important new guidance please click here.
Best Practice and Tips from Industry: Social Distancing Measures in the Workplace
In addition to the official guidance (above) we have collated a number of tips and best practices from businesses and partners regarding social distancing in the workplace. These tips are offered to enhance and supplement the FSS Guidance and businesses have told us they are proving useful as they implement new ways of working. The tips can be found here (updated 1 April).
We’d like to thank all the businesses and partners who contributed and shared their learnings. If you have helpful resources or tips that you’d like to share, please send them to email@example.com.
Skills Development Scotland has developed the My World of Work Job Hub, a new free service, offering employers a way to advertise immediate job vacancies in Scotland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Find out more and upload your vacancies.
If you have any suggestions for development of the site please feedback via firstname.lastname@example.org
Redundancy support service
The Scottish Government has enhanced its support service for those made redundant as a result of COVID-19. Advice is available at redundancyscotland.co.uk or by calling 0800 917 8000.
Scotland Food & Drink Partnership updates
We’ve pulled together a table of the comprehensive updates, activity and support available across the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership. To access this great resource, please click here.
Latest UK Retail Sales Figures Insight
Data partner IRI has shared with the SF&D Market Intelligence Team one of the most up-to-date pictures available (sales data to 28th March) of what is happening in the turbulent UK multiple retail market. After media stories of stockpiling, empty shelves and product shortages this report details the real changes taking place in demand and supply in UK supermarkets.
- Last week’s grocery sales were lower than the same week in 2019. UK value sales in grocery were -3.8% lower which equates to £64.1m value sales (w/e 28th March 2010)
- Some categories experienced growth (vs the same week in 2019). These include lager, fresh chicken, fresh beef, prepacked cheddar, and prepacked sausages
- Other categories showed decline (vs the same week in 2019). These include sandwiches, chilled ready meals, cakes, water, and lunch salads
To access the full report please click here.
VisitScotland Business Impact Survey
VisitScotland has released the second wave of their survey that is tracking the effects of Coronavirus on the industry. As well as gaining insight into the overall impact on Scottish tourism, it is also generates understanding across different regions and business sectors, including food and drink activities. The survey results can be found here.
Coronavirus Business Toolbox
Letters and employee briefings
Travel to work pro-forma letter, word version template, click here.
Childcare Request pro-forma letter, word version template, click here.
Employee social distancing briefing example, click here.
Guidance and tips
Social distancing best practice tips, click here.
Food Standards Scotland social distancing guidance click here.
Business Support Measures
Overview, key links and application status update on food and drink relevant financial support measures can now be found here.
Business Gateway is releasing webinars across Scotland to help businesses through COVID-19. Topics range across such as staffing issues, managing business debts, government funding and rates relief. To find out more and to register, please click here.
The findbusinesssupport.gov.scot website is the best way to find the information you need in relation to Coronavirus (24/7).
Sign up for email updates from the Scottish Government on Coronavirus guidance and advice for businesses in Scotland here.
If you can’t find the information you’re looking for on the site above, call the business helpline number on 0300 303 0660.
Public health advice: Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of Coronavirus
This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
- to shop for basic essentials– only when you really need to
- to do one form of exercise a day– such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
- for any medical need– for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
- to travel to and from work– but only where this is absolutely necessary
For people showing symptoms suggestive of coronavirus the UK Government is stressing the importance of seeking help online by using the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms
Continue to stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
If you have coronavirus symptoms and need help, from now on you should dial 111, not your GP. You only need to call 111 if your symptoms worsen and are unmanageable, or do not improve after 7 days.