Come and talk food and drink in Scotland this September 19th at Perth Concert Hall, Perth. Join us for an evening of fascinating talks on the future of food and drink in Scotland.

Registration to INNOVATEFOOD&DRINK is free!

INNOVATEFOOD&DRINK is the latest in VisitScotland's series of public talks that explores why Scotland’s food and drink sector continues to grow, innovate and is an enduring global success story through innovation and collaboration. 

Food and drink is a remarkable Scottish success story, a sector which has built its success on high quality produce, but behind Scotland’s natural larder lies science, innovation and collaboration. Hear from two key influencers who are shaping the future of Scotland's food and drink industry as they tell us why innovation is so important to ensure that Scotland remains a world class food & drink producer. Perfect for anyone interested in Scotland's growing food and drink sector, innovation, agricultural science and technology, and the need for critical sector diversification to meet demographic and environmental challenges.

VisitScotland will be joined by;

Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food, Scotland Food & Drink

Fiona Richmond has been actively promoting and supporting quality food and drink production for more than 15 years, working with industry leadership body Scotland Food & Drink since 2009 managing various projects across foodservice, major events and food tourism.  She is deputy chair of the Scottish Thistle Awards industry panel, helping to grow and celebrate excellence in tourism; a judge of the Business Women Scotland’s Women in Hospitality & Tourism Awards.

She was recently named one of the UK’s top 20 icons of the industry by Speciality & Fine Food magazine.  Fiona previously worked with the Slow Food movement, including a period in the international headquarters in Italy; is member of Les Dames D’Escoffier, an international philanthropic association of leading women in the world of food, drink and hospitality and deputy Chair of the Soil Association’s national Food for Life catering mark standards committee. She has an honours degree in Sociology and a Masters in Social Research Methods.

David Farquhar, CEO, Intelligent Growth Solutions

David joined Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) as CEO in November 2017. IGS is a Scottish-based agritech business, and David’s strategic appointment was made to raise the Series A funding round, recruit a world-class management team and drive global expansion: the first two of these have been delivered.

He is a seasoned technology entrepreneur, with a track record of driving shareholder value, based upon building an empowering, collaborative Culture as a Platform for growth. Most recently he was CEO of global SaaS vendor Workplace, leading the team through a hugely successful turnaround, transformation, growth and exit delivering a double-digit money multiple return in less than 3 years. In the past 27 years he has completed almost 30 transactions as a founder/CEO, angel investor and board director, including risk capital investments (PE, VC and angel), acquisitions and trade sales in Europe, North America and Asia.


17.30: Registration, welcome tea & coffee


18.30: Conclusion of talks, audience Q&A, refreshments

19.00: Event ends

If you would like more information or have any queries regarding this talk, please contact Sian Williamson.

Places are limited and first come first serve - sign up now to avoid disappointment. Please make VisitScotland aware at the earliest opportunity of any mobility requirements.