It promises to be more dazzling than a fistful of sparklers and to go off with a bigger bang than Bonfire Night… and, best of all, it’s free. I do hope you will join us at Brodies’ inaugural Food, Drink and Farming Conference on 15 November.

A food and farming conference was first mooted by Brodies’ Land and Rural Business team some time ago. We thought it would be a good idea to bring together people from farms to supermarkets at all stages of the food chain to share their views, experience and expertise. After many months of planning the event has finally come to fruition. It is open to all who are involved in food production and will be held at Perth Racecourse.

I hope you have already received an invitation and have registered to attend. If not, please sign up for the event on our website or get in touch with me directly.

We have an exciting range of speakers including Christine Tacon CBE, formerly of Co-op Farms and now the first UK Groceries Code Adjudicator; Fiona Richmond, Project Manager, Scotland Food & Drink; Jim McLaren, Chairman, Quality Meat Scotland; John Noble, Director, British Brands Group; Mark Simmers, Chief Executive Officer, Celtic Renewables; Bruce Davidson, Managing Director, Loch Fyne Oysters and Bruce Ferguson, Scottish General Manager, Openfield. Alasdair Gardner, Managing Director of Commercial Banking Scotland, Bank of Scotland, will put into context the results of a survey which canvassed the views of over 100 Scottish food and drink businesses with an estimated aggregate turnover of £6 billion.

I hope that our conference will offer something for everyone and look forward to seeing you there!

Rich Pickings – Harvesting Scotland’s potential in the food and drink industry
Perth Racecourse, Friday 15 November 2013.


Odell Milne