New deal brings growth opportunities for Scottish dairy and egg producers

Scottish dairy and egg producers expect to see business grow as Bidfood Scotland launches a full range into the UK foodservice industry.

James and Linda Mclean, milk producers for First Milk, Mull of Kintyre and Campbeltown with Bidfood’s Katie Sillars

Bidfood Scotland has taken on a raft of new listings from suppliers including First Milk (the only Scottish dairy producer to be 100% owned by farmers), Inverloch Cheese Company, Yester Farm Dairies, as well as award winning free-range egg farm, Scotlay Eggs.

The development of Bidfood’s new dairy and egg range is part of the company’s support of Scotland Food and Drinks’ new Ambition 2030. The initiative works in partnership with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Dairy Hub to double turnover in the Scotland food and drink sector to reach £30 billion by 2030.

The initiative is also helping Bidfood’s 5,000 Scottish customers source more everyday products from local suppliers.

As a result of the deal, Scotlay Eggs has already seen a 900% increase in volume in just six months and it is now investing in more birds and a new poultry shed to accommodate the growth. In addition to this, Campbeltown’s Mature Colour Grated Cheddar and Yester Farm’s Mozzarella has moved from a regional to a national listing.

Bidfood Scotland’s Business Development Manager, Katie Sillars, says the business is proud to partner with local suppliers and offer opportunities to grow:

“Our strategy is about finding the right balance between quality and value for money. Our aim is to work in partnership with our suppliers and help them to drive growth of the dairy and egg categories regionally in Scotland, as well as across the whole of our UK business.”

“We’re pleased to grow our business further by working with Bidfood,” says Paul Stewart, Marketing Manager at First Milk. “Every increase we have in volume helps to improve the price per litre for our farmers, and this then creates a more sustainable milk price.”