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6 June 2017

Bathgate Academy raise money for local charity as part of food challenge

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Last Thursday (1 June) some lucky shoppers from TESCO in Bathgate took home some tasty Scotch Beef PGI burgers in exchange for a donation to charity. This fundraising event was organised by pupils from Bathgate Academy.

Bathgate Academy studentsThis event was set up as part of successful partnership between Bathgate Academy and leading Broxburn-based beef processor AK Stoddart. AK Stoddart challenged teams of S2 students from the Academy to produce a new Scotch Beef PGI burger to be part of their product range. The pupils conducted market research, developed the product, designed packaging and created a marketing campaign to promote the new product.

AK Stoddart produced the winning Chinese inspired burger: 'Beef Spice and Everything Nice' - created by Adam Rayer, Adam Bradley and Finlay Campbell. The company also worked with their printing partners to produce labels for the packs using the designs the boys created. The burger went on to raise around £470 for local charity Home-Start West Lothian at TESCO in Bathgate, with last minute donations still coming in.

The partnership aims to help pupils develop business skills, learn about the many exciting careers available in the Scottish food and drink industry and how the subjects they learn in school relate to the real world of work. It was set up by FDF Scotland as part of its 'A Future in Food' national Schools initiative and is supported by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and TESCO Bathgate.

Moira Stalker, FDF Scotland Schools Programme Coordinator, said:

“This successful project brings to life the variety of exciting career opportunities available in the food and drink industry – including science, product development, engineering, marketing, nutrition and design. With partners we are inspiring the next generation of food and drink leaders.”

Phil Swailes, Site Manager, AK Stoddart, said:

“The Make it with Meat challenge is a fantastic platform to inform all S2 pupils of the range of career opportunities within food manufacturing. It is encouraging to see the enthusiasm shown by the pupils and as with the last few years we have run the program, the quality of burgers produced and the work put into costings, packaging, market research, packaging design, was exceptional. Well done to Adam Rayer, Adam Bradley and Finlay Campbell for their winning Burger 'Beef Spice and Everything Nice'. It is crucial that we encourage innovation and excitement in our industry from a young age, given its importance to the Scottish Economy as a whole."

Emma Aitken, Home Economics Teacher at Bathgate Academy, said:

“The Make It with Meat challenge is an exciting learning experience for our pupils to learn about the farm to fork process. It teaches pupils where the meat they eat comes from, how it is processed and how it is developed into a consumable product. The challenge also provides pupils with an insight into the different jobs and skills required in the food industry. Our S2 pupils have thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and created some innovative flavour combinations. We are delighted that A.K Stoddart put the winning burger into production for this showcase event.”

Tracey Harrison, Community Champion at Tesco Bathgate, said:

“TESCO is delighted to be involved in this innovative project. I was inspired by the imagination and hard work shown by the pupils when creating their burgers and how they have worked together on all aspects of the process.”

Note to Editors:

  1. The whole food and drink industry from agriculture, fishing, aquaculture through to manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the economy, with an annual turnover of over £14bn and employing around 119,000 people.
  2. FDF Scotland is the voice of the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry – Scotland's largest manufacturing sector.
  3. FDF Scotland's schools work - A Future in Food, funded by the Scottish Government, helps teachers, pupils and parents better understand the food and drink industry in Scotland, highlights the wide variety of careers on offer, helps pupils understand the skills required by employers and how the subjects they study in school relate to the real world of work.
  4. Home-Start West Lothian, established in 2000, offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children, in communities throughout West Lothian

More Information

Photographs from the event are available on Flickr.

Contact Kirsty Ritchie, Food and Drink Federation Scotland, at:, or 0131 222 8040.

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