Bidfood Scotland has opened its doors to a brand new, purpose built hospitality hub in Larbert, which will serve as the first of its kind for the £14 billion Scottish food and drink sector.
Opened by Fergus Ewing MSP on June 15th, the hub sets out to work in partnership with Scottish food and drink suppliers as a dedicated ‘centre for excellence’, testing and developing new products as well as supporting menu development and innovation for some of its 5,000 customers across hotels, restaurants, cafes, care homes, healthcare and education in Scotland.
The launch is part of the Scottish foodservice provider’s wider strategy to drive product innovation and growth for its Scottish suppliers, as well as seeking opportunities for its existing suppliers to gain national listings across the rest of the UK, where Bidfood has a further 40,000 customers.
Speaking about the hub, Fergus Ewing, MSP and Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity said: “I’m delighted to have opened Bidfood Scotland’s hospitality hub. The wholesale sector represents a huge part of our food and drink economy in Scotland, and it’s fantastic to see Bidfood’s investment in this innovative facility and the exciting prospects it will bring for Scottish food and drink suppliers and customers throughout the country.”
The food and drink industry, along with farming and fishing, are among those most valuable to Scotland’s economy, and Bidfood works in close partnership with Scotland Food and Drink, VisitScotland and the Scottish Tourism Alliance to support the delivery of Scotland’s strategy, which is to double the value of the Scottish food and drink sector to £30 billion by 2030.