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Banffshire Coast News

Porridge oats in protection plea

A Banffshire breakfast favourite is the focus of a call for it to feature a stamp of authenticity.

Hamlyn's Porridge Oats, which are produced at Boyndie, have been suggested for their potential to earn EU Protected Food Name (PFN) status.

Grampian Food Forum chairman Keith Whyte said he would be delighted to see backing for the product to be given the status.

Grampian is the country's main growing area for oats because the soil is so good.  Richard Lochhead, Scotland's Food and Drink Minister, has said he would support PFN applications for the oats.  Grampian is home to some really iconic Scottish products, including Hamlyn's porridge.  2015 being the Year of Food and Drink provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase our produce to a global audience.

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