Donna Fordyce has joined the new Food and Drink Export Council.
Donna Fordyce has joined the new Food and Drink Export Council.

Seafood Scotland chief joins new export council

Group is very much focused on actions, says Fordyce

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Donna Fordyce, chief executive of trade body Seafood Scotland, has joined a four-nations council to boost food and drink exports.

The Food and Drink Export Council has been established by the UK government’s Department for International Trade following a recommendation from the Trade and Agricultural Commission. It brings together the UK, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish governments, and industry.

Co-chairs are UK government export ministers Andrew Bowie, and Ian Wright, former chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation.

Collaborative approach

The Council will use a collaborative approach, harnessing expertise and resource from government and industry across the UK in a collective endeavour to increase agriculture, food and drink exports.

Fordyce said: “Premium Scottish seafood is highly prized in many key markets around the world so I am honoured to be able to contribute to this new Council which is very much focused on actions.

“By collaborating and sharing expertise, we can support food and drink producers across the UK to not only increase exports to existing markets but to identify new opportunities too.”