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Seaweed is one of most popular development products for SAC Consulting 

Seaweed is making waves in Scotland says top food & drink development team 

Published: Friday, 28th February 2020

Seaweed is one of the most popular products in development for our SAC Consulting Food & Drink team as consumer trends drive demand for food with health and nutritional benefits.  

SAC Consulting has helped develop two new products made from sea buckthorn berries

Berry healthy

Published: Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

The trend for fermented foods and non-alcoholic soft drinks is being embraced by a Scottish social enterprise with the help of consultants from SRUC.

Potato harvester

Hot potato

Published: Friday, 14th December 2018

The implications of one of the hottest and driest seasons on record will be one of the main topics of discussion at a major potato industry event.

Andrew Mackenzie, Managing Director of Verdant Spirits in Dundee

Andrew has winning diversification formula

Published: Friday, 24th August 2018

A motor racing marketing guru who went on to create an award-winning gin company is set to explain the winning formula for diversification.

Connect Local - Regional Showcasing Scotland

Free workshops to help support food and drink businesses in the West

Published: Wednesday, 1st November 2017

Small and medium sized food and drink businesses in the West can access free support and advice at workshops provided by the Scottish Government’s food and drink advisory service - Connect Local.

Bowhouse food and drink image cerise talk

SRUC food and drink on display at new food festival

Published: Tuesday, 1st August 2017

Food and Drink at SRUC hosted the demonstration theatre at a new indoor food festival held in the East Neuk of Fife.

Ne food careers event

Inspiring food and drink pathways

Published: Tuesday, 18th April 2017

SRUC’s Craibstone Campus recently hosted an Inspiring Food and Drink Career Pathways event to highlight the wide variety of exciting careers available in the sector.

Food and drink launch

SRUC backs ambitious plans for Scotland’s food and drink

Published: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

SRUC has added its support to a bold new growth target set for Scotland’s food and drink sector.

Team step challenge

SRUC Food and Drink team ‘Walk all over Cancer’

Published: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

The team at SRUC Food and Drink have been putting their best feet forward to “Walk all over Cancer” this March.

Kerry Allison

Kerry Allison joins SAC Consulting’s food and drink team

Published: Tuesday, 14th February 2017

SAC Consulting Food and Drink has welcomed Kerry Allison to the team – bringing with her a decade of experience in the food service and production industries.

SRUC’s Ceri Ritchie, second from left, was a member of the judging panel for the Aberdeen’s Best Curry Awards.

Full bhoona judging role for Ceri Ritchie at Aberdeen curry awards

Published: Tuesday, 14th February 2017

Ceri Ritchie, SRUC’s Senior Manager Food and Drink was all curried out recently after her spell on the judging panel for the Aberdeen’s Best Curry Awards.

SAC Consulting food and droink launch

SAC Consulting help champion Scotland’s food and drink

Published: Wednesday, 7th December 2016

SAC Consulting will play a key role in a new £3 million scheme to help Scottish food and drink businesses build upon the success of the sector by strengthening the local food and drink supply chain.

SRUC food and drink

SRUC Profiles Enterprising Students at Scottish Parliament Event

Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

SRUC joined 18 of Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions (HEI) at an inspiring event held recently at the Scottish Parliament profiling the nation’s undergraduate entrepreneurs.

Think Local logo

SRUC Showcases ‘Think Local’ Initiative Successes

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2015

As the biggest event in Scotland’s agricultural and rural calendar kicks off, SAC Consulting Food & Drink team celebrates and showcases the excellent work being achieved through the ‘Think Local’ initiative with the production of a new video.


Consultant Paul Toasts Royal Opening of Special Distillery During Scotland’s Official “Whisky Month”

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2015

2015 is Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink which aims to inspire Scots and visitors alike to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural larder, and develop its reputation as being a Land of Food and Drink.

Scottish Government Think Local logo

Home Grown Produce – SRUC Celebrates the Year of Food & Drink

Published: Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

2015 is Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink which aims to inspire Scots and visitors alike to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural larder, and develop its reputation as being a Land of Food and Drink.

Grampian Food Awards 2015

Food and Drink Team do the Honours at Food Forum Awards

Published: Wednesday, 25th March 2015

The Food and Drink Team from SRUC played their usual active role in the recent Grampian Food Forum Awards, this time judging a category and congratulating the winner at the ceremony.

Scotland Food and Drink meets at Elmwood

Year of Food & Drink - A Big Bite for SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 11th February 2015

The SAC Consulting Food and Drink team are looking forward to a busy year of events and collaborations as Scotland celebrates the 2015 year of Food and Drink.

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Morrisons and SRUC Join Forces to Reduce Waste and Increase Taste in UK Lamb Production

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Tasting panels and the latest computerised scanning techniques are to be used in a research project between Morrisons and SRUC aimed at improving the eating quality and production of UK lamb.

Inverarity Prize 2014

SRUC Food Experts Awarded Inverarity Prize

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Two Aberdeen-based senior food consultants with Scotland’s Rural College, David Lamb and Patrick Hughes, have been awarded the 2014 Inverarity Prize.

Chocolate Trail

Chocolate in SRUC’s Suite of Events

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

SRUC’s Highland Show stand was the venue for the launch, by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP, of Scotland’s Chocolate Trail.

Chocolate cherry truffle

New Chocolate Trail to be Launched at this year’s Highland Show

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead will launch Scotland’s Chocolate Trail at the Royal Highland Show on Friday.

Elmwood Campus receiving CIS Excellence in Hospitality Award

Elmwood Team Wins Excellence in Hospitality Education Award

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

The Hospitality education provided by the Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College was ranked first in the recent Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards.

Expert Advice for Growing Your Food Business

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

SRUC’s Food and Drink Team is encouraging Scottish food and drink businesses to sign up for a conference which will help them reach new markets at home and abroad.

Smallholders Festival

SRUC Stand Busy at Lanark Smallholders Festival

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2013

Staff from SRUC and SAC Consulting had a busy day at the Smallholders Festival, held this year in Lanark Auction mart.

Dundee cake bakers

Piece of Cake for SAC Food and Drink

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2013

Scotland’s Rural College food marketing experts are involved with a move to protect the name of Dundee Cake through the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) scheme.

Egg stall with customer

Community Food Fund Opens For Business

Published: Wednesday, 5th June 2013

The Community food Fund is open for applications.

Elmwood Hospitality Team Shortlisted for CIS Excellence Awards 2013

Published: Wednesday, 8th May 2013

The SRUC Elmwood Campus Hospitality Team have been shortlisted for a CIS Excellence Award.

Growing a Food Business in a Recession – SRUC Offers Practical Advice

Published: Wednesday, 24th April 2013

It is no easy task in today’s financial climate to improve business profitability but Scotland’s Rural College is running a workshop to help food and drink businesses do just that.

Elmwood Meeting Focuses on Food & Drink at SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

Staff from across SRUC met at the Elmwood Campus this week to focus on the range of activity linked to food and drink.

Trust in the Food Chain Event Focuses on Role of Local Producers in Re-establishing Consumer Confidence

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

Food manufacturers, caterers and retailers interested in a more direct source of supply have been invited to an event in The Store at Foveran outside Aberdeen on Tuesday 19th March.

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