The FDF was set up over 100 years ago. FDF Scotland - a division of the FDF – was established in 1999 to ensure our members views and concerns are heard by the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Government, other policy makers and the media.
We have successfully contributed to policy making and legislative development, championing our members’ views – large and small – on the critical issues that are important to their businesses.
View FDF Scotland’s consultation responses to find out more.
Partnership working is key to the future success of the Scottish food and drink industry. FDF Scotland is proud to be part of the Scotland Food & Drink partnership – a unique collaboration between industry organisations from across the food supply chain, Scottish Government and its agencies. We are proud to have been involved in the development of the the partnership's new ambitious 10-year strategy: ‘Sustaining Scotland. Supplying the world'. We will be an integral part of its delivery. Our ambition is to make Scotland the best place in the world to own, operate, and work for a food and drink business.
FDF Scotland provides the Secretariat for the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Food - a policy forum bringing together stakeholders from across the food chain to discuss the key food issues in Scotland.
From health to sustainability, people and skills to trade and exports, we work with members and policy and communications experts from across the FDF to develop a comprehensive policy platform with clear 'asks' of governments across the UK.
Our activities on behalf of the industry help improve and create the right market conditions for food and drink manufacturers to grow and flourish.
FDF Scotland’s Executive Committee is made up of elected individuals from a diverse range of member companies with a base in Scotland. The committee help shape FDF Scotland’s key priorities and policy positions.
The committee’s chair is Dr Gary Stephenson of Devro. Gary represents the views of members with an interest in Scotland on the FDF President’s Committee. The President's Committee sets out the FDF's policy and future strategies.
The FDF Scotland team - led by our CEO David Thomson – works with other teams across the FDF to ensure our members are supported and their views are heard.
Reasons to join
Making the best use of your time and resource is key.
Being an FDF manufacturing member will equip you with the expertise to grow, protect and strengthen your business.
Whatever your size of business, FDF membership can help you.
Work for us
Our work gives our employees an opportunity to produce career-defining and agenda setting work.
The FDF’s teams are based in London, Edinburgh and Wales. We have a friendly work culture with great break-out spaces, quiet booths and opportunities for flexible-working.