SFDF is a division of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). It consists of a team of permanent officials, an Executive Committee made up of senior industry representatives, a Members' Forum and a Suppliers' Forum.
SFDF has elected officers who work together to advise and support SFDF on a
broad range of issues and activities, at both a strategic and tactical level.
The committee consists of the SFDF Chair, two Vice-Chairs and representatives of
full members. They are elected by the wider membership.
Chair of SFDF: Archie Gibson, Agrico UK Ltd.
Archie is SFDF's Chair and has been an active member of the SFDF for many
years. He is the Managing Director of Agrico UK Ltd, a subsidiary of a Dutch
cooperative with 800 members. The company is a leading breeder and merchant of
seed potatoes supplying more than 80 countries worldwide. Archie gained
experience in a variety of land agent roles before joining the food industry in
represented Scottish supply chain interests in a far reaching review on food
security and resilience led by the Centre for the Protection of National
Infrastructure (CPNI) and British Standards Institute (BSI), resulting in the
of PAS 96 Defending Food & Drink.
Vice Chair of SFDF: Gary Stephenson, Devro plc.
Gary is the Vice Chair of SFDF and Global Regulatory and Quality Affairs at
Devro plc, a Scottish based global food casing company exporting to over 100
countries. His background is in parasitology, toxicology, chemical regulation,
and nutrition providing a scientific and technical approach to regulation. He
has over 20 years' experience in food regulation, initially with Procter and
Gamble on fats and oils, snacks, soft drinks, juices, coffee, nuts and cake
professional and consumer markets.
SFDF Executive Member: James Macsween, Macsween of Edinburgh
Alongside his sister Jo, James runs the award-winning family business Macsween
of Edinburgh, together they have expanded the market for haggis and black
through on-going product and management innovation, building on the work of
their father and remaining true to their family values. James has worked in
department from van driver to pie marker and shop assistant to haggis maker;
starting fulltime in production in 1992. He is passionate about taking haggis
new place in an environmentally and ethically sustainable manner.
SFDF Executive Member: Tony Dumbreck, Innovate Foods
Tony grew up in a three generation family mushroom growing business. He was a
founding partner in Golden Crumb Produce Ltd in Feb 1989, and took over the
company on 3rd Jan 1991. The company now called Innovate Foods, one of the
players in the UK, supplying coated starters into the major Foodservice
in UK, Germany and other European countries.
SFDF Executive Member: Rachel Wicklow, Scobie & Junor
Scobie & Junor specialise in supplying the food industry with ingredients,
packaging and machinery. Rachel launched Scobie & Junor's brand Secret
Vegetables in Disguise to trade March/April 2013, this is an example of how the
company continues to innovate and diversify to develop the brand. Rachel has a
marketing background, where she has held various roles for Gillette and Beam
Spirits & Wines.
SFDF Executive Member: Jim Fox, Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd.
Jim has worked in the Coca-Cola system in Great Britain for 27 years. He started
his career at CCE managing and planning within the Supply Chain then moved to
Sales and Marketing and was responsible for several of Coca-Cola's most
large national accounts. In his current role since 2005, he represents
Enterprises in Government and Public Affairs working closely with elected
representatives in Westminster, Edinburgh and Cardiff.
SFDF positions are developed and agreed following industry-wide consultation.
Therefore, the purpose of the Members' Forum is to ensure members:
- are given the opportunity to have direct input to discussions on key issues
affecting the industry
- are briefed on developments affecting how they conduct their business
- receive topical presentations from keynote speakers.
Given that SFDF is a division of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF),
it enables industry members in Scotland to have direct input to the
formulation and promotion of industry policy not only in Scotland but in the
wider UK and EU contexts too. It also assists in promoting a consistent
approach to legislation. See: How FDF works.
The Suppliers' Forum creates opportunities to gain a unique business insight
into the retail, foodservice and wholesale markets. It is also aimed at:
- building a platform from which to raise the industry's profile with the retail,
food service and wholesale sectors
- creating an opportunity for constructive dialogue between suppliers and their
customers in the retail, food service and wholesale sectors
- providing companies with a commercial opportunity to potentially develop
business with senior trading directors.
SFDF Director, Dr Colette Backwell, chairs the SFDF Suppliers' Forum.