Bottom Line: The Herald Business Diary

Feeding the multitude: With demand for food bank services surging, volunteers from the Scottish Tech Army (STA) are rolling out a new system to help these local charities deliver through the hard winter months.

The STA is collaborating with the Trussell Trust, which supports 137 food banks across Scotland, to implement the Assemble system for volunteer management. This will handle the coordination of shift patterns, rotas and communications, freeing up time for the crucial activity of delivering food to those in need.

The system will launch first in Edinburgh, Cupar, Aberdeenshire and Shetland, with a national roll-out later this year.

Lockdown cheer: Online beer specialist Flavourly has launched the Central Belt Lockdown Local pack to provide an outlet to independent breweries starved of trade by the closure of pubs and restaurants.

The pack includes 24 premium craft beers brewed in Scotland from the likes of Arcade Beer Works, Black Isle Brewery and more. Excuse us now while we go place our order…