Joint working brings food for thought

Tom Kitchin (centre).
Tom Kitchin (centre).

Scotland’s booming food and drink industry can thrive on collaboration opportunities.

The country has the potential to become the best in the world to operate a food and drink business if the industry stays at the forefront of the domestic and international markets.

That’s the view of Food Secretary Richard Lochhead who has welcomed the publication of an industry-led report that sets out the actions required to enable the food and drink sector to continue to grow and prosper over the coming years.

‘Building on Success: Deepening Collaboration, Food and Drink in Scotland’­ was commissioned by the Scottish Government and sets out more than 30 recommendations for action.

Mr Lochhead said: “Scotland’s food and drink industry has enjoyed unprecedented economic success over the past few years, smashing its own ambitious growth and export targets, and greatly enhancing the country’s reputation as being a land of food and drink, both at home and on the international stage.

“This has been borne from excellent partnership working across the industry and public sector, but neither can stand still and become complacent – we must stay ahead of the game.

“That is why I commissioned this report – I wanted to see the actions we need to take, collectively, to build on our remarkable success and make Scotland the best country in the world to run a food and drink business. This could be transformational for the sector and I am committed to working with Dennis, the industry and the public sector partners to consider and take forward the recommendations.”

Dennis Overton, vice chairman of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “A great deal has been achieved over the last 10 years by the food and drink industry and Government working collaboratively together in ways never seen before.

“The team that produced this report realised that big opportunities remain to take collaborative working to a higher level.

“We have learnt that collaborative working translates directly into improved economic performance, more inventiveness and new jobs. Scotland’s Food and Drink industry is ambitious to make collaboration something of a hallmark of distinction in the way we do business.”