Shire Connections - 2017 Food & Drink Sector Survey Launch ‘Food for Thought’ Jan 18 2018 09:00 - 11:30


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Food and Drink in the North-east plays an increasingly fundamental role in the region’s economy. It is Scotland’s fastest growing major sector with huge ambitions to grow it further.
The aim of this event is to primarily launch the 2017 Food & Drink sector survey ‘Food for Thought’.  
James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink will be presenting along with other key decision makers from the region’s leading processing, retail and food service industries discussing the issues facing the industry.
These will include:
  • the potential to create a vibrant food tourism industry across the region;
  • international trade post Brexit;
  • the need for innovation to increase productivity;
  • the impact of commodity prices and business rates;
  • what is needed to strengthen the supply chain?
Our keynote speaker
James Withers, chief executive, Scotland Food & Drink.  
Scotland Food & Drink (SF&D) is the industry leadership body, established in 2007, to spearhead the industry's growth from £10bn in 2007 to £16.5bn by 2017.  As a membership organisation, it seeks to support food and drink businesses of all sizes and scale to achieve their ambitions. The organisation has 350 companies in its membership of all shapes and sizes. James has been CEO since 2011.

The organisation brings together the range of industry organisations working within the food and drink industry in Scotland. It has defined a common purpose and developed an industry-wide strategy for growth. This level of collaboration, strongly supported by the Scottish Government and their enterprise agencies who are active partners, is now seen as a model for other sectors of the Scottish economy to follow.

Scotland Food & Drink has a focus on growing the sales of Scottish produce both in home markets and internationally and it seeks to develop Scotland’s reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

James is also a Board member of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, which is driving forward a new, ambitious tourism strategy for Scotland. 



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