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Ambition 2030: Next Steps for Scotland's Food and Drinks Industry, Edinburgh October 11th

Scotland's food and drinks sector has set itself the aim to double the value of the sector to £30 billion by 2030. 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. To achieve this aim it is planning targeted support for skills development, innovation, and access to markets both domestic and international.
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.

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

The speakers will include: James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink

Andrew McCornick, President, National Farmers' Union of Scotland

John Cooke, Board Director for Scotland, Slow Food UK

Riddell Graham, Director of Partnerships, VisitScotland

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

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

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

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

Douglas Martin, Managing Director, MiAlgae

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