THE ROYAL Highland Show is at the centre of a row over the "Union Jacking" of Scottish produce and landmarks.

Some have become enraged that this year's show has seen posters of famous Scottish landmarks such as the Kelpies and the Forth Bridge and food such as Stornoway Black Pudding accompanying a 'Britain is great' slogan.


There was concern that Scotland's Larder demonstrations featuring  the likes of the award-winning Paul Newman, chef proprietor of Thyme at Errichel Restaurant, among others, featured a logo featuring a Union Flag and the words "food is great".

Pictures featuring some of Scotland's most iconic features were turned into 'Britain is Great' posters at an official UK government stall at the show which was visited by Scottish Secretary David Mundell and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove.  

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A poster featuring the Kelpies carries a 'British culture is great" symbol. 

Others poster images featuring the 'Britain is Great' stamp featured the Queensferry Crossing,  the SEC Armadillo and SEC Hydro, the Edinburgh military tattoo and the St Andrews Links.

The branding has ignited a new 'Scotland the Brand' debate with some concerned at the absence of the Saltire.

SNP MP Douglas Chapman tweeted: "I’ve attended most of the briefings at Westminster & told @LiamFox directly that ignoring #ScotlandtheBrand is a huge, huge error of judgement.

"A blinkered, 'it will be alright on the night' approach doesn’t help #Scotland..."

Keep Scotland the Brand, the campaign group that began after Union flags replaced the Saltire on Scottish produce in some supermarket commeting on the Scotland's Larder demonstraiton said: "Most farmers, fishers and food producers I have spoken to are passionate about clear provenance on their goods. They are not happy with this approach They want us to keep Scotland the Brand. [The Royal Highland Show] must know this."

Complaints over Walkers' shortbread sold under a Union Flag

Many on social media have registered their concerns over the moves.

Dorothy Bruce said: "Scotland's larder taken over by Food is Great and the union flag, Hope RHS exhibitors are happy with this as many of their customers aren't."


Andy Braes, a life member of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland said: "I have just sent a strongly worded email to them condemning them they are treating Scottish produce with contempt."

Earlier this year Walkers Shortbread moved to hit back at those saying they would avoid the company products for using Union Flag branding saying such boycotts are "killing Scottish jobs".

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Joint managing director Jim Walker of the 120-year-old Moray-based family firm said he was "not ashamed" to use Union Flag branding on what he described as a niche novelty products sold in London and abroad as gift items and insisted he and the company are "proud to be Scottish".

And Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons led a House of Commons backing after Moray's Conservative MP Douglas Ross attacked the "unacceptable and despicable abuse" Walkers received for using the British flag in some exports of shortbread abroad.

Two years ago protesters descended on Scotland's most famous confectionary firm, Tunnock's following reports that the biscuit maker had added the Union Flag to branding for its exported products.

Other products that some have taken offence to being branded as British include haggis, whisky and even the famous painting the Monarch of the Glen.

The Royal Highland Show and DEFRA have been approached for comment