Cumbernauld Food Hub gets five stars from Scottish Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 10:18 on 17 September 2013.
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Richard Lochhead gave the Hub a five-star review Picture: Scottish Government.

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ONE Cumbernauld business has been given backing from Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, following a visit to the firm’s Cumbernauld base.

Rural Affairs and Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead visited The Food and Drink Hub, on September 11th, 2013, to view the company’s process and work.

Established 18-months ago, The Food and Drink Hub aims to be a cost-effective and innovative way for smaller companies to development a strong logistics structure, and develop markets for their goods throughout the UK, and beyond.

Following his visit, Mr Lochhead said: “Scotland produces some of the best food and drink in the world, and The Food and Drink Hub is a great way for smaller businesses to get their products to market. This is crucial as we seek to grow the sector in Scotland and achieve the industry’s new target of £16.5 billion turnover by 2017.” 

Until date, over 90 companies have used the Wardpark facility, which operates out of Napier Road; with the firm handling products worth over £2million, and delivering them across the UK.

On his tour of The Hub, the Rural Affairs Secretary met with Chairman David Whiteford, key members of The Hub’s team and a number of producers who seen significant benefits in working with the Hub.

Hub Chairman, David Whiteford said: “The visit takes place during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, which is appropriate as we have had a key supporting role in helping build and develop Scotland’s best performing sector.”

“Distribution and accessing routes to market are major problems for many smaller food businesses and we provide the help and support they need to reach consumers and grow their brands”.

The Cumbernauld Hub has consolidated nearly 90% of produce sold in Scottish Waitrose stores, with the successes of the Cumbernauld Hub has led to a satellite centre opening in Inverness, with a further facility being planned for Aberdeen .

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