Food brand Mey Selections has become the first Scottish consumer goods company to put carbon labels on its products. Its Luxury Shortbread and two honey products will carry the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label in stores from 1 May, and the company’s ultimate aim is to have the label on its entire range.

Caithness-based Mey Selections is the brand name of North Highlands Products, a company formed by Caithness farmers to select and source supplies of quality farm and food products from the North Highlands.

Mey Selections has been working with The Carbon Trust since February 2008, and the label signifies the company’s work to date and commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, it said.

“Not only are we the first Scottish consumer goods company to achieve the certification, we are one of the first food and drink companies to become involved with the initiative,” commented John Strak, managing director of Mey Selections.

“The Carbon Reduction Label footprinting process provided us with a structure for looking at energy use and carbon emissions. This step is just the beginning of our involvement with the initiative; by the end of 2009, we hope to have the Carbon Reduction Label on our bakery products such as the oatcakes and biscuits. The ultimate aim is to have the label featuring on all of our products.”