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"Scotty" Brand are back after 60 years.

THE Highlands and Lowlands, the rolling hills, fields of fertile soils and lots of natural irrigation - the perfect setting for growing the best Scottish produce. This is exactly what "Scotty" Brand embodies as it comes back to our shelves with a range of new products, more than 60 years since it was first introduced.

"Scotty" Brand is conventionally grown produce at its best, a celebration of the best in Scottish Food & Drink. The brand was first launched by Albert Bartlett in 1948 which makes this 'wee pup' over 60 years old.

Albert arrived in Scotland in the 1940s and, to help support his growing family, he started up a little enterprise selling beetroot, boiled in an old tin bath in a garden shed. The business sold their beetroot under the "Scotty" Brand and went on to supply other root vegetables.

The brand made a return to our shelves last year, reigniting a passion for Scottish food with consumers and providing a platform for the best of Scottish products to come together under one brand. d All "Scotty" producers and products live the values of the brand - Scottish-grown, good value, healthy and tasty, naturally produced in an environmentally friendly way.

The brand launched with fresh potatoes, which are grown in Scotland by a dedicated group of farmers who encompass "Scotty" Jacqueline O'Donnell's Royal Highland Mess al Highland Mess Ingredients: "Scotty" Brand Strawberries "Scotty" Brand Raspberries Handful fresh mint finely chopped 200ml double cream Method: For the puff candy, melt syrup and sugar in a pan until golden and dissolved. Take off the heat. Very quickly stir in bicarb, and pour out of pot on to mat (please be careful - very, very hot). Allow to set. To complete the dish, cut strawberries in half, mix with Juice & zest of 1 lemon 200gr Sugar 2 ' tbsp golden syrup 2 ' tsp bicarbonate of soda mint and fold in raspberries. Whip cream with one tbsp sugar and add lemon. Layer in a sundae glass; fruit, puff candy and cream until you reach the top. Finish with some whole fruits and a mint leaf sprinkled with icing sugar. Enjoy with a long spoon.

oy Jacqueline O'Donnell is chef of The Sisters Restaurant, Glasgow. For more information please go to Brand add soft fruit to a range that will expand even further in the year ahead IN June 2011, "Scotty" Brand strawberries and raspberries were added to their expanding range. The soft fruit is grown and packed in Scotland by family owned Bruce Farms, in Perthshire.

Renowned for its soft fruit, the light, fertile Perthshire soils and long summer days with mild nights provide the perfect conditions to grow sweet, juicy berries.

An on-farm packing station means the product is picked, packed and delivered within 24 hours, so the strawberries and raspberries reach stores at their freshest.

Now with an expanding range of products and an invigorated identity, "Scotty" Brand is headed by former Scotland Food and Drink chief executive Paul McLaughlin.

Paul joined the team with a wealth of knowledge of the Scottish food industry and will focus on increasing the brand's portfolio in partnership with the best producers in the industry.

With new product launches planned for the autumn, Paul empahsised: "Scotty will focus on delivering a best in season product offer."

He said he looked forward to working with producers and suppliers around Scotland to source the best products for the "Scotty" Brand to deliver fresh to supermarket shelves.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Aug 25, 2011
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