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Zoe heads for Holyrood

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A member of the Macphie team is heading to Holyrood as part of her ambassadorial role in the Year of Young People.

Channel Product Manager Zoe Smart is speaking at a Scottish parliamentary reception organised by the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland.

2018 is the Year of Young People, a campaign backed by the Scottish Government, celebrating our nation’s young people and everything they have to offer.

FDF Scotland has been using Zoe’s story to shine the spotlight on successful young people in the food industry to inspire the next generation.

And now she is taking to a national stage in front of an audience of MSPs and Scottish Government stakeholders at Holyrood on 12 September.

This event is sponsored by John Scott MSP, with Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, giving the keynote speech.

Passionate

Zoe joins speakers from Matthew Algie and Devro to share their stories on why they joined the food and drink sector and why they are passionate about it.

“When I left school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I knew I loved everything about food, from where it came from to where it ended up,” said Zoe.

“My job as a channel product manager involves project managing multiple new product briefs, working closely with customers to meet their aspirations and timescales.

“It’s very rewarding being involved in making a concept become a reality and seeing customers buying, eating and enjoying the product on the shelf.”

Manufacturing

The food and drink manufacturing industry is the largest manufacturing sector in Scotland and the rest of the UK. In Scotland.

It accounts for almost 19% of the total manufacturing sector by turnover and employ 36,000 people across 891 businesses, of which 97% are micro to medium-sized.

FDF Scotland is an independent, industry-funded trade association, representing Scottish food and drink manufacturers.

It makes sure its members’ views and concerns are heard where it matters with government, regulators, key influencers across the food chain, consumers and the media.