Crumbs! Short­bread firms strug­gle as but­ter price rises

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - News -

Scot­land’s short­bread in­dus­try is un­der threat from the ris­ing price of but­ter, it has emerged.

Cus­tomers are fac­ing price hikes as pro­duc­ers con­sider ef­forts to deal with the ex­tra costs.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est UK-wide in­dus­try fig­ures, un­salted but­ter cost £6150 per ton last month – a more than 70% in­crease on last year.

The Sun­day Post pre­vi­ously re­ported last Oc­to­ber that there had al­ready been a 75% rise in the cost be­tween then and the Brexit ref­er­en­dum in June 2016.

Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters are now hop­ing to work with the in­dus­try to find ways of bring­ing over­heads down.

One op­tion be­ing con­sid­ered by ru­ral sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing is to en­cour­age ri­val firms to come to­gether and bulk­buy their but­ter.

He said: “This is a con­cern for many of our smaller food and drink man­u­fac­tur­ers.”

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