Food and drink strategy engagement road tour

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scotland Food & Drink and Scottish Enterprise are holding a series of events to discuss the emerging 2030 food and drink industry strategy.

Food and drink businesses are being invited to help identify the issues and challenges facing the sector.

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Everyone from micro to large food and drink producing businesses including farming and fisheries representatives are welcome to attend the events detailed below.

A strong long-term strategy is key to future success and this is a great opportunity for people involved in the sector to influence its long term growth.

The Scottish food and drink industry is in a really strong position as one of Scotland’s best performing, on track to achieve our target of £16.5bn by 2017 as we come to the end of the current ten-year strategy.

Elaine Jamieson, Head of Food and Drink said  “The strategy will focus on how to make Scotland become the best place in the world to run a food and drink business and how we cement the industry’s position as the most successful sector of Scotland’s economy.

“We are supporting Scotland Food and Drink in a series of events to hear business leaders’ views on emerging research and their own experiences, to create the foundation for the new industry strategy.

“It is important the opinion of all Scottish  food and drink producers and associations, large and small, primary and processing, are heard to ensure the new strategy is reflective of islander’s ambitions and tackling the right issues.”

Events will be held at the following venues:

  • South Queensferry, Dakota Hotel:  Thursday 26 January
  • Aberdeen, Meldrum House:  Tuesday 31 January
  • Perthshire, Gleneagles Hotel:  Tuesday 31 January
  • Glasgow, Blythswood Hotel:  Wednesday 1 February
  • Borders, Carfremill Hotel:  Thursday 2 February
  • Kirkwall, the Ayre Hotel:  Wednesday 8 February
  • Nairn, Newton Hotel: Thursday 9 February

Registration for these events are at

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