Ambition 2030: Next Steps for Scotland’s Food and Drinks Industry

After a record year for Scotland’s food and drinks sector, the industry announced ‘Ambition 2030’ in March 2017 – backed by a total of £10 million in funding from itself, the Scottish Government, and enterprise agencies. The aim is to double the value of the sector to £30 billion by 2030 through targeted support for skills development, innovation, and access to markets both domestic and international.

The context

With Scottish businesses already securing £8.3 million worth of food and drink contracts with the USA alone for 2017/18 now is certainly the time for ambition. Discussion will focus on the impact growing demand for Scottish produce will have on local producers and communities, before expanding to explore the drivers of growth, strengthening collaboration, and future-proofing the industry.

The event

This timely briefing will look at how the industry is looking to keep up with ever increasing demand whilst ensuring productivity, quality, and sustainability.

Key issues to be addressed

  • Priorities and challenges facing the expansion of Scotland's food and drinks sector
  • How we can reconcile demand with sustained quality, community and economic viability
  • Supporting innovation and enterprise to continue driving the industry forward
  • Ensuring we have the workforce to meet emerging skills demand


09:15 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

10:00 Session 1: Big Ambitions for a Big Industry

  • Ambition 2030 and the vision for the future
  • Current overview of the food and drink sector
  • How food and drink policy is being impacted by Brexit

10:00 James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink

10.20 Andrew McCornick, President, National Farmers' Union of Scotland

11:00 Refreshments and Networking

11:30 Session 2: Routes to Market

11:30 Grassroots: Ensuring Sustainable Growth

  • The relationship of food and drink industries with rural communities
  • Our responsibility to protect and work with the environment to mitigate industry impact.

John Cooke, Board Director for Scotland, Slow Food UK

12:00 Panel: Creating Sustainable Markets at Home and Abroad

  • Promoting food tourism at home and abroad
  • Buying local: making Scottish produce accessible
  • The economic and health benefits of fulfilling public-sector contracts with Scottish produce.
  • Export markets and the importance of Brand Scotland

Riddell Graham, Director of Partnerships, VisitScotland

Susan Beattie, Head of Food & Drink and Textiles, Scottish Development International

Rosemary Gallagher, Head of Communications, Scotch Whisky Association

Celia Nyssens, Policy Officer, Nourish Scotland

Robin Gourlay, Food and Drink Policy, Scottish Government

12:50 Networking Lunch

13:30 Session 3: Future-ready and Future-proof

13:30 Ensuring Ongoing Innovation and Enterprise

  • Driving innovation in all areas – from ideas and training, to research and technology advances.
  • Transforming supply chain relationships to ensure more connective, responsive, and digitally-savvy infrastructure.

Graeme Cook, Director, SEFARI Gateway (Scottish Environment, Food, and Agriculture Research Institutes)

Dr David Flanders, Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors, Agrimetics

14.15 Delivering the Food and Drinks Workforce of the Future

  • Priorities for the food and drink Skills Investment Plan (SIP)
  • Rural apprenticeships and industry-led training

Moira Stalker, National Co-ordinator, Food and Drink Federation Scotland

14.30 Douglas Martin, Managing Director, MiAlgae

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


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11 October 2017
United Kingdom

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