Led by CEO David Thomson, the Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) is part of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). SFDF focuses on Scottish specific issues that are of interest to our members.
SFDF has elected officers who work together to advise and support SFDF on a
broad range of issues and activities, at both a strategic and tactical level.
The committee consists of the SFDF Chair, Vice-Chair and representatives from a
diverse range of member companies.
Chair of SFDF: Archie Gibson, Agrico UK Ltd.
Archie is SFDF'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
cooperative with 800 members. The company is a leading breeder and merchant of
seed potatoes supplying more than 80 countries worldwide. Archie gained
experience in a variety of land agent roles before joining the food industry in
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
of PAS 96 Defending Food & Drink.
Vice Chair of SFDF: Gary Stephenson, Devro plc.
Gary is the Vice Chair of SFDF 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,
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
professional and consumer markets.
SFDF Executive Member: James Macsween, Macsween of Edinburgh
James is Managing Director of award-winning family business Macsween of
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.
SFDF Executive Member: 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
SFDF Executive Member: 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.
SFDF Executive Member: Jim Fox, Coca-Cola European Partners.
Jim has 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.
SFDF Executive Member: 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 SFDF is part of FDF, it enables industry members in Scotland to have direct
input into the development, formulation and promotion of industry policy both
Scotland and the UK.
SFDF positions are developed and agreed following industry-wide consultation.
Our Scottish Members' 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 relevant issues and opportunities