HELLO and welcome to the AM Business Briefing, as Scotland's transport minister has called on railway workers to vote again on strike action that is set to disrupt Cop26.

Amid the threat of both rail and separate refuse collection industrial action in Glasgow, Graeme Dey called for RMT members to vote again on whether to take action over the pay dispute, claiming there is now a "very fair offer" for ScotRail staff.

The trade union announced strike action by ScotRail workers from November 1-12 to coincide with the climate summit in Glasgow and members on the Serco-run Caledonian Sleeper service will also strike from October 31 to November 2 and from November 11-13.

Members of GMB in Glasgow have voted in favour of industrial action during the summit over pay issues.

Also today, a Scottish seaweed firm has hailed a major deal in Belgium after successfully launching its snack range in the UK just over a year ago, manufacturers are told they must be prepared to take “urgent” action if they are to achieve net zero, and a distillery has unveiled its first official single malt Scotch whisky.

Seaweed firm hails Belgian contract 

SHORE the Scottish Seaweed Co has secured a major export deal to supply seaweed chips to Belgium.

From November, the Lightly Salted and Sweet Sriracha flavours will go on sale in up to 300 Delhaize supermarkets.

Since the UK launch in 2020, SHORE’s Seaweed Chips have won a whole host of industry awards, including a Gold Free From Food Award and Winner of Best Snacking Product at the World Food Innovation Awards. Their better-for-you chips have also been awarded with a Great Taste Award, a leading stamp of approval from industry experts on flavour.

Keith Paterson, of SHORE, emphasised the export potential: “We see export as a key part of our strategy, so we are delighted to announce this partnership with Delhaize supermarket in Belgium, something we have been working on for the last six months. They are one of the leading retailers in Benelux and provide an excellent platform for further growth in export.

"Our products have all the key elements required to be successful in export markets; strong provenance, a clear point of difference, sustainable credentials and of course, a brand that builds on Scotland’s excellent global food reputation.”

SHORE Seaweed Chips are made from their own sustainably harvested seaweed from Wick, in the north of Scotland. "A true local superfood, seaweed is packed full of nutrients, including iodine and good-for-your-gut prebiotic fibre," SHORE said. "It is also bursting with antioxidants and is even a fantastic source of plant-based protein."

Mr Paterson said: “At SHORE, our mission is to create an edible seaweed industry of scale in Scotland that is one hundred per cent sustainable, good for the coastal environment and beneficial for our local rural communities."  

UK manufacturing needs urgent financing to reach net zero

Manufacturers must be prepared to take “urgent” action if they are to achieve net zero by 2050, claims new research undertaken by university UCL.

Supported by HSBC UK, the report, entitled Net Zero Manufacturing in the UK: Options and Challenges for the Biggest Emitting Sectors, examines the importance of reducing the emission of greenhouse gases in the steel, cement and chemicals sectors.

Clydeside Distillery unveils first single malt

A distillery that sits on the banks of the River Clyde has unveiled its first official single malt Scotch whisky.

The Clydeside Distillery’s Stobcross, a Lowland single malt made from 100 per cent Scottish barley and water from Loch Katrine then matured in the American oak and Oloroso sherry casks, will initially be avaialbe to purchase online and from the distillery shop.

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