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Two graduates join the growing team at Scotland food & drink

Scotland Food & Drink (SF&D) has announced the appointment of two new graduates to take on the role of Customer and Supplier Development Officer at two large scale foodservice businesses.

Catherine Campbell (22) has joined Bidfood's Edinburgh office and will focus on supplier development and commercial output. Catherine will graduate this month with a degree in Rural Business Management from Scottish Rural University College (SRUC) in Edinburgh. Hannah Beddie (24) will fill a similar position at Brakes Scotland. Hannah completed her degree in Business Studies at Edinburgh Napier University and will be based at Brakes Scotland offices in Bathgate.

The two roles will facilitate support provided by SF&D to help SME’s to reach their target consumer, bringing new products to market and growing scale and sales in their business. They will also provide supplier development support to ensure a pipeline of new suppliers and products for the foodservice operator, bringing product to market more quickly and allowing greater flexibility for risk in testing new product development with customers.

A new UK market strategy is now being finalised by the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership. It will drive new growth opportunities for Scottish suppliers as well as build their capability. Lucy Husband, UK Market Development Director, will lead this area of work for Scotland Food & Drink, which includes further recruitment of two UK Market Development Account Managers over the coming months.

Lucy Husband, UK Market Development Director at Scotland Food & Drink said:

“Scotland Food & Drink has grown a huge amount over the last 10 years and we've got big ambitions to continue to unlock growth opportunities for Scottish businesses in the UK. I am really looking forward to leading the next generation of UK Market Development work at SF&D and Catherine and Hannah will play an important role in that within their placements.”

Hannah Beddie, Customer and Supplier Development Officer at Brakes Scotland, said:

"The vision and objective of the partnership between Scotland Food & Drink and Brakes Scotland is exciting and ambitious. This role is an incredible opportunity to develop my own skills and abilities and also make Scottish produce a more prominent player in markets. I feel so lucky to have started my dream job so quickly after completing my degree, food and drink have always been a massive part of my life and now I have the opportunity to build a career doing something I love."

Catherine Campbell, Customer and Supplier Development Officer at Bidfood, added:

"I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to have the opportunity to work with Bidfood. I've had a busy first few weeks with the team and have visited the headquarters in Slough and had the opportunity to shadow some fantastic and experienced employees. After my training, I will be a specialist in fresh meat as well as beer, spirits and wine, which is very exciting. I am looking forward to working closely with Scottish suppliers and helping businesses grow and find new opportunities within UK markets."

Scotland Food & Drink’s Ambition 2030 strategy has a strong focus on growing Scottish food and drink sales across the UK, an area of work Scotland Food & Drink has led for a number of years, working closely with the major retailers and foodservice companies.

To find out more about Scotland Food & Drink and the work of the UK Market Development team, visit www.foodanddrink.scot


Ellis Allan
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Kathryn Mutch
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Scotland Food & Drink is the membership organisation tasked with driving responsible growth through collaborative partnership between public sector and its member companies. Working with The Scotland Food & Drink Partnership, we aim to double the value of the country's farming, fishing, food and drink industry to £30 billion by 2030 and to cement Scotland’s reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

Established in 2007, Scotland Food & Drink brings all the industry associations– from farmers and fishermen to manufacturers – together with the key public-sector agencies. Together, we work in a spirit of collaboration and partnership to develop the economic growth strategy for the industry, which Government and public-sector agencies align their support behind.

The SF&D Partnership is increasingly recognised across the rest of the UK and internationally as a model to follow. The partnership between industry and government forged through SF&D has been integral to success and is recognised as key to food and drink moving from being a sector of static growth in 2007, to one of the best performing sectors of the Scottish economy.



Brakes Scotland has committed to the region for the past 60 years and currently employs over 600 local people. Brakes Scotland partners with over 100 Scottish suppliers serving more than 9,000 customers across the nation. Operating from four sites across Scotland in Inverness, Oban, Dundee and Newhouse, Brakes Scotland offers customers a fully multi-temperature service and a range of 500 Scottish product lines.
Brakes Scotland is owned by Sysco, a world leading supplier to the foodservice sector in the UK, Ireland, France, Sweden and America.
For more information please see: http://www.brake.co.uk/scotland

Masterchef winner judges Scottish Primary Schools food challenge

On Tuesday (12 June) teams of pupils from primary schools across Scotland took part in a cook- off judged by a team of 'dragons' - including MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary MacLean.

The Braw Lunch-Brake Challenge challenged Scottish primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils to create an innovative new dish – which includes local Scottish produce - for their school dinner. This year there were 57 entries to the competition and judges found it difficult to pick just five finalists!

The final event was held at the City of Glasgow College and is based on a similar format to TV programme Dragons' Den. The teams pitched their product ideas including marketing plans to the judges before taking part in a final cook-off.

This annual competition is organised by Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland, Education Scotland, ASSIST FM, Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) and sponsored by Brakes Scotland. It tests the pupils' creative and entrepreneurial skills and also helps to highlight the skills needed to get food from farm to fork and the range of jobs and careers offered in the food and drink industry.

Lewis Crichton and Lukasz Lejkowski from St Ninian's Primary in Livingston won the competition with their Hamelujah and Eggtastic Pie. Lewis and Lukasz's class will be treated to a visit to the Royal Highland Show.

Chris Boyle, Channel Head - Public Sector, Brakes Scotland, said:

“Once again we were delighted to run the Braw Lunch Brake Challenge. This event just goes from strength to strength each year - we couldn't do this without our partners at FDF Scotland, RHET, ASSIST and Education Scotland. But pivotal to this competition is the pupil's participation and that was phenomenal this year. Well done to all our exceptional entrants and finalists and a big shout out to Lukasz & Lewis from St Ninian's who were our competition winners!

Moira Stalker, Skills Manager, FDF Scotland, said:

“I was very impressed by the quality of the entries this year. The amount of work and research that the pupils put in was outstanding. It was difficult to narrow these down to five finalists and even more difficult to pick the final winner! This challenge showcased the variety of exciting careers and processes that are involved in creating one product and getting it to market.”

Keith Breasley, National Chair, ASSIST FM, said:

“A great day which showcased what great results can be achieved when dedicated teachers and enthusiastic pupils get together to enjoy food. From source to plate - the knowledge was impressive and supports the fact that food in schools in Scotland is something of which we can be proud.”

Gayle Gorman, Chief Executive, Education Scotland, said:

“I am delighted to see so many primary pupils getting involved in this fun and engaging learning opportunity. Education Scotland is delighted to support this fantastic competition that allows pupils to develop skills for life while learning about the importance of food education. In addition, it enhances collaborative working between the catering industry and education. Congratulations to the winners and all those involved.”

Katrina Barclay, RHET Manager said:

“This year school pupils entering the competition were asked to consider the sourcing of ingredients and encouraged to take part in a RHET farm visit which brings the food journey full circle. The level of research at grass roots has been exceptional and credit is due to those who made it to the final round. We look forward to welcoming the winners to the Royal Highland Show later this month.”

The finalists included:

  • Carradale Primary (Argyll and Bute) - Skewered lamb and vegetables on cous cous
  • St Ninian's RC Primary (West Lothian)- Hamelujah and Eggtastic Pie
  • Whitdale Primary (West Lothian) - Chikken Tikka and Wedges
  • Tynewater Primary (Midlothian) - Super Sausage Stew
  • Allan's Primary (Stirling) - Terrific Tacos

Note to Editors:

  1. The whole food and drink industry from agriculture, fishing, aquaculture through to manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the economy, with an annual turnover of over £14bn and employing around 114,000 people.
  2. FDF Scotland is the voice of the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry – Scotland's largest manufacturing sector.
  3. FDF Scotland's schools work - A Future in Food, funded by the Scottish Government through Scotland Food & Drink, helps teachers, pupils and parents better understand the food and drink industry in Scotland, highlights the wide variety of careers on offer, helps pupils understand the skills required by employers and how the subjects they study in school relate to the real world of work.
  4. The judges of the final challenge on 12 June 2018 at City of Glasgow College were: Gary MacLean; Moira Stalker – Skills Manager at FDF Scotland; Lorna Aitken - Development Officer at Education Scotland; Keith Breasley – National Chair of ASSIST FM; and Derek Lockett - Development Chef at Brakes Scotland.

Contact Kirsty Ritchie, Food and Drink Federation Scotland, at: kirsty.ritchie@fdfscotland.org.uk, or 0131 222 8040.

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