NFU Mutual and Scotland Food & Drink launch new award for young people

NFU Mutual and Scotland Food & Drink launch new award for young people

Entries and nominations are being sought for a new award that recognises the incredible talent and dedication being shown by Scotland’s young people within the food and drink sector.

Last month, specialist food and drink insurer NFU Mutual joined forces with industry leadership organisation Scotland Food & Drink to create a brand new award, designed to bring out the inspirational stories of young people aged between 16 and 26 who own, work or study within businesses in the food and drink sector, and are driving success within the Scottish food and drink industry.

The winners of the ‘NFU Mutual and Scotland Food & Drink Inspirational Young Person Award 2018’ will be announced during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight in September 2018 as part of the Year of Young People celebrations. The award aims to highlight not only the enormous contribution that young people make to Scotland’s food and drink businesses, but also the importance of the sector to the wider economy.

Brian Lochhead, Sales Development Consultant with NFU Mutual, said: “As I travel throughout Scotland representing NFU Mutual, I frequently see how integral young people are to Scotland’s food and drink sector. Whether it be in primary production, utilising their skills to develop modern and appealing graphics and packaging, or serving some of Scotland’s iconic products in our fantastic restaurants, young people thoroughly deserve a recognised place in our country’s food and drink story.”

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “With this being the Year of Young People, I was incredibly keen that we afforded young people even greater recognition by working with NFU Mutual to seek out the most inspiring young foodies in Scotland. Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight this year will be a celebration not only of Scotland’s wonderful produce and outstanding producers but also of those people under the age of 26 who are helping to secure an exciting future for the food and drink industry in Scotland.

“I very much encourage employers, tutors, colleagues, customers or young people themselves to nominate any individual who is worthy of recognition for the way in which they contribute to Scotland’s worldwide reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.”

How to enter

The NFU Mutual and Scotland Food & Drink Inspirational Young Person Award 2018 is open for entries until 31 July 2018, with winners announced in September 2018. Entries, which should comprise the submission of up to 750 words, can be submitted here. Any individual between the ages of 16 and 26 who owns, works, or studies within a food and drink related business, organisation or institution can be nominated or enter on their own behalf. The winner will receive £500, with the second and third place finalists receiving £300 and £200 respectively.

The hashtag being used to celebrate this award is #nfums18. Please do get involved in helping us to promote it.

For further information please contact the press team:

Rebecca Davidson | 01789 416113 | rebecca_davidson@nfumutual.co.uk

Jade Devlin | 01789 455165 | jade_devlin@nfumutual.co.uk

Notes to editors

About NFU Mutual

NFU Mutual offers a wide range of products, including general insurance, life, pensions, and investments.

These products and services are delivered through the agency network, as well as through a direct sales and service centre.

With over 300 offices throughout the UK, NFU Mutual has become part of the fabric of rural life and remains committed to serving the needs of people who visit, live or work in the countryside.

About Scotland Food & Drink

Scotland Food & Drink, established in 2007, is a not-for-profit organisation that was created to guide food and drink companies of all sizes towards increased profitability.

Its mission is to grow the industry to a value of £30 billion by 2030, and its vision is to build Scotland’s international reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

Scotland Food & Drink is a unique leadership organisation – supported by the Scottish Government – tasked with growing the value of Scotland’s food and drink sector, making it more profitable and delivering greater global success in a challenging and competitive environment.