Two graduates join the growing team at Scotland Food & Drink

Two graduates join the growing team at Scotland Food & Drink

Scotland Food & Drink (SF&D) has announced the appointment of two new graduates to take on the role of Customer and Supplier Development Officer at two large scale foodservice businesses.

Date:

Thu, 28 Jun 2018

Source:

Scotland Food & Drink

Catherine Campbell has joined Bidfood's Edinburgh office and will focus on supplier development and commercial output. Catherine will graduate this month with 2:1 degree in Rural Business Management from Scottish Rural University College (SRUC) in Edinburgh. Hannah Beddie will fill a similar position at Brakes Scotland, looking after 10 suppliers in her first year. Hannah also recieved a 2:1 in Business Studies at Edinburgh Napier University and will be based at Brakes Scotland offices in Bathgate.

The two roles will facilitate support provided by SF&D to help SME’s reach their target consumer, bringing new products to market and growing scale and sales in their business. As well as growing sales of existing suppliers, the two graduate roles will also provide supplier development support to ensure a pipeline of new suppliers and products for the foodservice operator, bringing product to market more quickly and allowing greater flexibility for risk in testing new product development with customers.

A new UK market strategy is now being finalised by the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership.  It will drive new growth opportunities for Scottish suppliers as well as build their capability. Lucy Husband, UK Market Development Director, will lead this area of work for Scotland Food & Drink, which includes further recruitment of two UK Market Development Account Managers over the coming months.

Lucy Husband, UK Market Development Director at Scotland Food & Drink said:

“Scotland Food & Drink has grown a huge amount over the last 10 years and we've got big ambitions to continue to unlock growth opportunities for Scottish businesses in the UK. I am really looking forward to leading the next generation of UK Market Development work at SF&D and Catherine and Hannah will play an important role in that within their placements.”   

Hannah Beddie, Customer and Supplier Development Officer at Brakes Scotland, said: 

"The vision and objective of the partnership between Scotland Food & Drink and Brakes Scotland is exciting and ambitious. This role is an incredible opportunity to develop my own skills and abilities and also make Scottish produce a more prominent player in markets. I feel so lucky to have started my dream job so quickly after completing my degree, food and drink have always been a massive part of my life and now I have the opportunity to build a career doing something I love." 

Catherine Campbell, Customer and Supplier Development Officer at Bidfood, added:

"I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to have the opportunity to work with Bidfood. I've had a busy first few weeks with the team and have visited the headquarters in Slough and had the opportunity to shadow some fantastic and experienced employees. After my training, I will be a specialist in fresh meat as well as beer, spirits and wine, which is very exciting. I am looking forward to working closely with Scottish suppliers and helping businesses grow and find new opportunities within UK markets."

Scotland Food & Drink’s Ambition 2030 strategy has a strong focus on growing Scottish food and drink sales across the UK, an area of work Scotland Food & Drink has led for a number of years, working closely with the major retailers and foodservice companies.

To find out more about Scotland Food & Drink and the work of the UK Market Development team, visit www.foodanddrink.scot

(Image: (L)Catherine Campbell and (R)Hannah Beddie) 

 

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