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Without boundaries – Scotland’s future in the food and drink industry

September 24 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm


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Putting the right people in place is vital to the success of any industry and with aspirations to double in size to a £30 billion industry by 2030, for Scotland’s food and drink it’s more important than ever.

The sector has built its success on high quality, collaboration and the ability to tell a compelling global story about the land of food and drink.

With Brexit looming ever nearer, and the challenges that will bring, how can Scottish businesses and producers build on these pillars of success?

How can they move in the right direction that will see them recruit the right talent, innovate with new technologies and create strong supply chains across the pivotal farming and seafood sectors?


10:00 – Opening remarks
John Mills, Royal Bank of Scotland

10.05 – Introductions from the chair
Stephen Jardine, Taste Communications

10.10 – Setting the scene
James Withers, Scotland Food and Drink

10.30 – Building a workforce for the future
Louise Gibson, New Town Partnership Limited

10.50 – Future consumers
John Fordyce, The Borders Distillery

11.05 – Opportunities and challenges in the Scottish meat sector
Gordon Allan, Malcolm Allan Butchers

11.20 – Q&A with the speakers

11.40 – Break

12.00 – Welcome back from The Scotsman
Euan McGrory, Deputy Editor

12.05 – Scottish salmon: how to thrive in a post-Brexit world
Hamish Macdonell, Director of Strategic Engagement, Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation

12.25 – Looking to the future through technology
David Moore, Filshill

12.40 – Panel discussion: Looking out to the future using innovation and technology
Vandana Vijay, Co-founder, Bounce Back Drinks Limited
Growers Garden, Suzanne George, CEO, Denvir Marketing
Dr Lyn Batchelor, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Edinburgh Napier University
with David Moore and Hamish Macdonnell

13.30 – Closing remarks
Stephen Jardine, Chair

13.35 – Networking lunch


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Other exhibitors include:

Cognito Coffee
HungTen Bitong
Bounce Back Drinks


September 24
9:00 am - 2:30 pm


Conference Centre, 175 Glasgow Rd
Edinburgh, EH12 9SB
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