Last month heralded the news that Food and Drink’s contribution to the Scottish economy in 2016 was £13.9bn, up by almost 4% on the previous year.
But you don’t have to work in the industry to see that the shape of the food and drink sector is changing. It’s changing our habits, our tastes and in some cases, our waistlines!
Whilst it is fair to say this is being led by a resurgence in the popularity of Whisky and a plethora of new Gins and craft ales we shouldn’t ignore the impact independent food manufacturing is playing.
Simply labelling goods as artisan is no longer enough to satisfy our increasingly sophisticated tastes, increasingly we want proof. Where is the farm? Who is the butcher? Is this flour ground from local wheat?
And it’s not just fine dining establishments that are keen to demonstrate food provenance. Bars, bistros and cafés up and down our high streets are keen to be seen to be supporting Scottish producers.
The principle of the field to fork, especially relevant since the horsemeat scandal, is front and centre in our minds as consumers and we recognise the hard work put in by Scottish farmers to provide us with quality produce.
As brokers, Bruce Stevenson is privileged to work with some of the UK’s leading food and drink companies, farmers, fishermen, distributors, retailers and food outlets.
To celebrate all things Scottish and in recognition of Scotland’s Food & Drink Food Fortnight starting on 1st September 2018, Bruce Stevenson is offering you the chance to win a luxury hamper, full of Scottish goodies from the Highlands and Islands to the Scottish Borders and from Argyle to Fife.
All you need to do to enter is follow us and retweet to be in with a chance of winning. The winner will be selected at random on 17th September.