Scotland's food and drink celebrated at Parliament reception

Researchers from the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health joined the Scottish Food and Drink Federation, Scottish companies, food-related organisations and MSPs to celebrate exciting developments in food and drink which have transformed consumers’ lives.

The reception was held on 11 September at the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by John Scott MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer and Co-Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Food, and with the theme:  Research, Innovation and skills -100 years of food and drink in Scotland.

The keynote address was given by Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment, and guests also heard from Claire Baker MSP, Co-Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Food, Colette Blackwell, Director of the Scottish Food and Drink Federation and Professor Peter Morgan, Vice Principal of the University of Aberdeen and Director of the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.

“Research has the ability to change people lives, transform political thinking and bring innovation to industry,“ said Professor Morgan. “Over the past 100 years the Rowett has been at the heart of developments in nutritional policy, revolutionised animal production in the UK, and provided the research and innovation leading to the developments of new products for the food and drink industry. Continuing this success is dependent upon further co-operative working of research scientists, Government and the industry.