Last chance to fill in food and drink survey

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Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the last chance to share your shopping habits in a Isle of Man survey which aims to help grow the local food and drink industry.

The online survey is being conducted by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture and participants are asked how much they spend on food and drink per week, where and how frequently they shop and what factors influence this.

It features questions on the availability, variety, quality and value for money of Manx produce and those taking part are asked about their knowledge of local produce, what would encourage them to buy more of it and whether there are gaps in the market local producers could fill.

Richard Ronan MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, said the survey forms part of Food Matters, the strategy to grow the value of Isle of Man food and drink over the next decade.

It aims to increase the value from £75 million to at least £125 million by 2025.

Minister Ronan said: ‘Money spent on local food and drink is money that stays in, and boosts, the local economy. Local food and drink producers must increasingly focus on what the customer demands to gain a greater share of the market.

‘This survey, last conducted in 2010, will tell us what influences shoppers’ choices. The findings will help everyone involved in the local food and drink sector to grow their businesses.’

The online survey takes around 10 minutes to complete.

To take part or for more informatioon go to, visit the ‘Isle of Man Food and Drink’ Facebook page or go directly to

For assistance completing the survey call 695735 or visit DEFA at Thie Slieau Whallian, St John’s.

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