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Alistair Trail

  • Position: Senior Consultant
  • Location: North East Scotland
  • Expertise:
    • Natural Economy
    • Technology
    • Food and Drink
    • Climate, Environment and Wildlife

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I joined SAC Consulting in 2017, based at Craibstone, Aberdeen as a Senior Food and Enterprise Consultant. I have over 15 years’ experience working on several consultancy projects in the food and drink sector and as an Environmental Consultant specialising in the Circular Economy.

I currently deliver a variety of projects and supply one-to-one business advice to the food and drink sector in areas including local supply chains, sustainability, new product development, innovation and funding.

Prior to joining SAC Consulting, I was Business Engagement Manager for Interface Food & Drink, where I worked with food and drink companies and trade associations to identify and implement collaborative and innovative research projects with university researchers.

I lead on the New Product Development work where I collaborate with SRUC Development Chefs to produce new innovative or healthy products for Scottish food manufacturers. I am Co-Project Manager of the Rural Innovation Support Service where I facilitate farmer led innovative projects. I previously helped deliver Connect Local where I offered 121 advice in areas including NPD, funding and sustainability.

I also lead on the Circular Economy and Food Waste projects and am Project Manager for SAC Consulting involvement in the Zero Waste Scotland Framework for delivering the Circular Economy Business Support Service. I am a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environment Management and Assessment (IEMA) and a Circular North East Circular Economy Ambassador.

Outside of work, I am a keen supporter of Aberdeen Football club, a member of a local darts team and can be seen spoiling a good walk by hacking a golf ball around one of the many Aberdeenshire golf courses.

Areas of expertise and interests

  • Natural Economy
  • Technology
  • Food and Drink
  • Climate, Environment and Wildlife

I'm currently working on

  • co-Project Manager of the Rural Innovation Support Service coordinating the delivery and facilitation of 28 groups of rural companies/farmers developing practical and collaborative innovative research projects
  • facilitator of 4 groups on Estate Game, Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil, Scottish
    Tea and Scottish Oat Milk
  • ongoing collaboration with SRUC Hospitality Chefs, Scottish producers and entrepreneurs on New Product Development projects. This includes Free from products, low calorie and healthy products, adult soft drinks and innovative, new products
  • Project Manager for SAC Consulting involvement in the Zero Waste Scotland
    Framework for delivering the Circular Economy Business Support Service
  • annual delivery of the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards product
    judging

My professional highlights

  • nominated and shortlisted for the 'Knowledge Exchange' category at the
    CEED Awards 2019 for SRUC’s New Product Development work
  • winner of the 'Multi-Party Collaboration Award' at the Scottish Knowledge
    Exchange Awards 2014 for the Resource Efficiency Industry Advisory Group
    for Food and Drink
  • awarded NISP 'Practitioner of the Year' 2011 for delivery of the National
    Industrial Symbiosis project which identified synergies for the reuse of
    industrial waste and unwanted by-products
  • Project Manager of the first Industrial Symbiosis project in China. This
    involved collaborating with the TEDA Eco Centre in Tianjin, to deliver the
    €1.8 million project 'Implementing Industrial Symbiosis and Environment
    Management Systems in TBNA'

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