Hub network rolls out

Although the season is coming to a close, Food Link is hoping to expand its future operations to build an island-wide local food community. It is also hoped to extend the 2021 season for some producers over the Christmas period.

The aim is to play a pivotal role in the development of a healthy food economy on the island for the future with the emphasis on fresh, local and minimal environmental impact.

The van provides a vital link between Skye and Lochalsh producers and their business and domestic customers. By using one vehicle to distribute fresh produce around the area, Food Link aims to support a growing number of diverse producers and consumers by:

  • connecting local producers to new markets
  • increasing profit margins of local producers
  • increasing the use and production of local food
  • reducing the hefty costs in time and money of distribution
  • reducing food wastage by ordering produce in advance
  • making local food more accessible to communities
  • creating a healthy and co-ordinated local food infrastructure
  • boosting economic development in Skye and Lochalsh
  • minimising the carbon footprint of food distribution around Skye and Lochalsh

The hubs act as a collection point for local consumers who order and pay for their food directly from the producer in advance.

There are a small number of producers taking part this year and are expecting to expand this list as the project gains momentum:

  • Isle of Skye Smoked Salmon, Ard Dorch
  • Isle of Skye Fresh Produce, Orbost
  • Skye Coffee Roasters, Breakish
  • MacLennan’s Isle of Skye Black Pudding, Harlosh
  • Isle of Skye Sea Salt Company, Dunvegan
  • West Coast Organics, Roag
  • Loch Eishort Mussel Culture, Sleat

The hub network began last year as a reaction to Covid-19 restrictions when businesses were unable to operate and local produce was going to waste through lack of movement and a drop in demand. Over the course of pandemic restrictions, the Food Link van provided a vital service in connecting domestic customers to local producers.

This year, Food Link received a generous grant from the Regional Food Fund to set up a network of permanent hubs to serve our business and domestic customers.

Some of the benefits of being a Food Link hub for a local business are:

  • exposure to new customers
  • gaining trust and respect for supporting local producers
  • playing a bit part in the future of a healthy local food economy for Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh and
  • gaining marketing and promotion opportunities via the Food Link website and social media.

PLEASE NOTE: Food Link producers will NOT sell directly to customers through any hubs that already stock their products.

Any business in Skye and Lochalsh wishing to become a Food Link hub is asked to contact and you will be added to the growing list.

The Food Link has been supported by the Regional Food Fund which is delivered by the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership with funding from Scottish Government.