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Associate feature: Work with the Scottish Food and Drink Federation to grow Scotland’s food and drink industry
Associate feature on behalf of the SFDF
In December of last year I took over the role of CEO at the Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF). We are the independent voice of food and drink manufacturers in Scotland, and I am very proud to represent such an important industry at this critical time.
Scotland’s food and drink entrepreneurs have a long history of creating quality brands which are admired and enjoyed across the world.
Scotland’s 875 food and drink manufacturing businesses are also a fundamental part of our economy: they contribute a staggering £1.7 billion in gross value added to our nation’s wealth and provide 34,000 high quality jobs. Creating growth is essential to the continuing success of our industry.
The best and most economical way to do this is through strong partnership between industry and government. Food and drink should continue to be a top economic priority in Scotland – much has been done over the past few years, but there is much more that can and should be done.
That is why this month with Archie Gibson, Chair of SFDF and Managing Director of Agrico UK Ltd, I am delighted to launch Feeding Scotland’s Economy, which sets out our industry’s priorities for 2016 and beyond.
These priorities are driving growth for food and drink and the wider economy; working in partnership to make a real difference for Scotland’s people; and ensuring our businesses have the right skills, regulation and advice to succeed.
We look forward to working with the new Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament and other partners to ensure the continued growth of the vibrant food and drink industry.
David Thomson is CEO at the Scottish Food and Drink Federation
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