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Ambition and Innovation: The future of food and drink in Scotland

14th November 2017 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

£85 + VAT

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The Scotsman’s annual food and drink conference looks at how a highly successful industry can maintain its momentum for the next decade and beyond.

The Ambition 2030 document, launched in March, lays down a blueprint to grow the food and drink sector into a £30 billion industry – based on more ambition, innovation and collaboration than ever before.

The event will hear how industry leaders are grasping the nettle and ensuring they can help deliver the £30 billion opportunity – and from those small businesses doing new and exciting things to ensure the food and drink sector in Scotland is a genuine innovation leader.

If you want to be part of that ambitious journey to 2030, this event is for you – full of ideas, guidance and practical advice to move forward your business, and the industry as a whole.



Session 1 – The Scale of the Ambition

9:00am: Introduction by the Chair
Stephen Jardine, Taste Communications

9:05am: Scotland’s Fantastic Larder, which just keeps on giving: a chef’s perspective
Gary Maclean, Winner, Masterchef: The Professionals, 2016

9:25am: Ambition 2030 – and beyond
James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink

9:45am: Panel session – Delivering on the 2030 ambition – what can the big sectors deliver?
Previous speakers plus:
Karen Betts, Chief Executive, Scotch Whisky Association;
Laurent Vernet, Quality Meat Scotland;
Professor Phil Thomas, former chair of Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, writer and commentator on salmon farming

10.30am: Brunch

Session 2 – Realising The Ambition through Innovation

11:15am: Masterclass 1: Protecting your food and drink IP
Eleanor Coates, Senior Trade Mark Attorney, Murgitroyd

11:30am: Masterclass 2: Making Innovation Happen in the food and drink sector
Paul Copland, Innovation Connector, Scottish Enterprise, and Jane Shandley, Founder and Client Services Director, IQ Chocolate

11:45am: Innovation in Leith – and sustainability
Anna Christopherson, Founder, Boda Bar (and other Swedish bars in Edinburgh)

12:05pm: Our story: Beer, Business and Beyond
Jo Stewart, Co-Founder, Stewart Brewing

12:25pm: Adapt, change, get ahead of the pack: innovation and skills in the food and drink industry
Paul Brown, Partner, Anderson Strathern

12:40pm: Panel discussion
Previous five speakers plus:
Ben Thomson, Partner, Inverleith LLP (investor in food and drink businesses)

1:00pm: Summary by Stephen Jardine, Chair, and close


Agenda may be subject to change


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14th November 2017
8:30 am - 1:00 pm


The Scotsman Conferences
0131 311 7233
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Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
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