Led by CEO David Thomson, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland is part of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). FDF Scotland focuses on Scottish specific issues that are of interest to our members.
There are elected officers who work together to advise and support FDF Scotland
on a broad
range of issues and activities, at both a strategic and tactical level.
The committee consists of the Chair, Vice-Chair and representatives from a
diverse range of
Chair: Archie Gibson, Agrico UK Ltd.
Archie is FDF Scotland's Chair and has been an
active member for many years. He is the Managing Director of Agrico UK Ltd, a
subsidiary of a
Dutch farmers cooperative with 800 members. The company is a leading breeder and
seed potatoes supplying more than 80 countries worldwide. Archie gained
experience in a variety
of land agent roles before joining the food industry in 1999. He represented
Scottish supply chain
interests in a far reaching review on food security and resilience led by the
Centre for the Protection
of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and British Standards Institute (BSI),
resulting in the publication of
PAS 96 Defending Food & Drink.
Vice Chair: Gary Stephenson, Devro plc.
Gary is the Vice Chair of FDF Scotland and Global Regulatory and
Quality Affairs at Devro plc, a Scottish based global food casing company
exporting to over 100
countries. His background is in parasitology, toxicology, chemical regulation,
hygiene and nutrition
providing a scientific and technical approach to regulation. He has over 20
years' experience in
food regulation, initially with Procter and Gamble on fats and oils, snacks,
soft drinks, juices, coffee,
nuts and cake mixes for professional and consumer markets.
James Macsween, Macsween of Edinburgh
James is Managing Director of award-winning family business
Edinburgh. Macsween has expanded the market for haggis and black pudding
on-going product and management innovation. James has worked in every
van driver to pie marker and shop assistant to haggis maker; starting fulltime
production in 1992. He is passionate about taking haggis to a new place in an
environmentally and ethically sustainable manner.
Tony Dumbreck, Innovate Foods
Tony is Managing Director of
Innovate Foods, one of the leading players in the
UK, supplying coated starters into the major Foodservice operators in UK,
and other European countries. Tony grew up in a three generation family
growing business. He was a founding partner in Golden Crumb Produce Ltd in Feb
1989, and took over the company in 1991, which subsequently became Innovate
Rachel Wicklow, Scobie & Junor
Scobie & Junor specialise in supplying the food
industry with ingredients,
packaging and machinery. Rachel launched Scobie & Junor's brand Secret
Vegetables in Disguise to trade March/April 2013, this is an example of how the
company continues to innovate and diversify to develop the brand. Rachel has a
marketing background, where she has held various roles for Gillette and Beam
Spirits & Wines.
Jim Fox, Coca-Cola European Partners.
worked in the Coca-Cola system in Great Britain for over 25 years. He
started his career at CCE managing and planning within the Supply Chain then
to Sales and Marketing and was responsible for several of Coca-Cola's most
important large national accounts. In his current role since 2005, he
Coca-Cola European Partners in Government and Public Affairs working closely
elected representatives in Westminster, Edinburgh and Cardiff.
Colin Herron, General Manager, McCain Foods (GB) Ltd
Colin is General Manager at McCain Foods' potato seed business in Montrose. He
has worked in various positions at the company for over 20 years. Previously he
worked as a Higher Agricultural Officer at the Scottish Government.
As FDF Scotland is part of FDF, it enables industry members in Scotland to have
direct input into
the development, formulation and promotion of industry policy both in Scotland
and the UK. FDF
positions are developed and agreed following industry-wide consultation. Our
Forum allows any member with an interest in Scotland; the opportunity to have
direct input into
discussions on key issues affecting the industry and receive news and updates on