Scottish Fresh Produce
We are champions of Scottish produce and local sourcing and that’s what this category is all about! Scotland’s climate, land and people make it the perfect place to produce some amazing products. From spring water from the highlands to meat and produce from the fertile lands, Scotland produces a wide range of fresh foods which would complement any range. We stock some of the best that Scotland has to offer, such as milk from the famous Grahams diary farm and haggis from Scotland’s family butcher Malcom Allan.
Fresh Food Products
Scottish Food Brands
Weekly packs of sausages
Pies delivered weekly
Brands in Our Range
For nearly a century Bells Pies have had the drive and determination to be the best. In the past ten years the company has progressed to secure the position of market leaders with over 60% of the branded fresh meat pie sales in Scotland. Bells have also reached the heights of one of the best-known brands in the Scottish Grocery market. Along side some very big brand names such as Grant’s Whisky, Tunnock’s, Mackie’s Ice Cream and Mothers Pride.
Bells Food Group manufactures 50 tonnes of pastry per week, delivering pastry based baked goods to every corner of the UK and meeting the needs of commercial and domestic customers alike. Bells we have an extensive range of Pies, Pastry and Cake products which are supplied to major supermarkets via us at the Food and Drink Hub.
Their extensive range of products include; Scotch pies, Steak pies, Scotch dumpling, Chicken curry pies, Macaroni pies, Kirriemuir gingerbread and much more.
For over 80s years the Grahams family philosophy is the same as it’s always been: happy, healthy cows make the best-tasting milk. Grahams have an obsession about high standards and well-being. “It’s at the heart of everything we do.”
In 1988 Grahams acquired 20 beautiful Jerseys royal cows from Windsor, The Queens own herd. The herd has now grown to almost 300 cows, grazing on the lush pastures of Stirlingshire and supply the award-winning Graham’s Gold, “the creamiest bottle you’ll find.” Today it is a ‘closed herd’, which means they don’t have to buy cows in, but maintain numbers by breeding from within. This gives them full control over health standards and protects against diseases from outside.
Much of the milk they produce come from black and white Friesians. They’re not as glamorous as the Jersey girls, but they’re strong and dependable and Grahams couldn’t do without all 10,000 of them.
Dr Graham said “My children sometimes say I care more about the cows than them,” And we can confirm they’re certainly well looked after, from vaccinations to collars with a pedometer that carries each cow’s history. The collar also tells them how much milk each gives a day and how much feed she should get. Meaning they can ensure all their herd is fit and healthy and ready to produce one of the finest Milks in the UK. As Dr Graham likes to say, “Happy cows make happy milk – at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.
Roberts Fine Food
The Robertson family has been producing quality Scottish pork in the heart of Ayrshire since 1870, with traditional recipes and modern methods that make for the best tasting products.
For five generations, the Robertson family has upheld the Ayrshire tradition of producing the very best Scottish pork. Starting out as ham curers, they became famous in the region for their fine pork products. The family business grew to six butcher shops throughout Ayrshire, and were the go-to supplier for butchers across Scotland—a relationship that remains core to Robertson’s Fine Foods. Today, they’re still known for their delicious bacon and sausages, continuing their heritage of unparalleled quality and great family recipes.
Scottish butchers have always been at the heart of the business, and they’ve been supplying them with our quality pork products for generations. They are proud to continue this partnership, and to be Scotland’s leading producer and supplier of a full range of 100% Scottish pork products, to restaurants and grocers alike. They focus on quality and traceability makes them the supplier of choice for butchers, delicatessens, restaurants and hotels, throughout Scotland and beyond.
Robertson’s are proud to be members of Quality Meat Scotland’s Farm Assured from Scotland scheme, which is supported and approved by the Scottish SPCA. As a top priority, they make sure that their pork comes from pigs which are reared in high quality conditions. This care allows us to deliver the best quality of product to customers. Their craft butchery skills and traditional recipes have been handed down through the family, and are now the only producers of genuine Ayrshire bacon still operating in Ayrshire.
Robertson’s quality smoked meats are prepared in their very own smokehouse, and they only use whole cuts of pork for sausages, with traditional recipes that ensure the succulent texture and full flavour that Roberson’s sausages are famous for.
As a relatively new entrant to the world of the multiples, we’ve found the support offered by The Food and Drink Hub invaluable. They understood what was different about our brand and our plough-to-pint ethos, and have ensured that we have gained listings on the back of it.
The Food and Drink Hub offer us a bespoke service, supplying a wide, tailored range of local Scottish produce to our stores to supplement our core national range. We have found the Food and Drink Hub to be experts in their knowledge of the Scottish market and proactive in their approach. They handle orders with minimal fuss and have increased our supply chain efficiency and central control by reducing the number of direct deliveries into stores.
As a company, we’ve really enjoyed working with The Food and Drink Hub over the last few years. We’ve found them to be excellent partners in business with an experience behind them that allows them to understand the needs of their suppliers and customers alike.
Mackie’s Crisps have been delighted to work with The Food and Drink Hub over the past couple of years in growing our brand together. During 2017 we saw a 79% increase in sales by working closely with their team.
Working with The Food and Drink hub has been a fantastic experience, and has really helped us gain traction where it would otherwise be extremely difficult. Ease of doing business is the key, from being set up to supply, to the order process and through to deliveries. There is no doubt that The Food and Drink hub have helped many small suppliers throughout Scotland to grow their businesses.
We have a fantastic relationship with Food & Drink Hub. They understand our beers and work hand in hand with us to increase market share and distribution. Communication is positive and constructive and Steve is always willing to offer feedback and advice on new brands.
It’s been great developing our business alongside The Food and Drink Hub over the past few years. We have a good working relationship with Steve Wallace and the team at The Food and Drink Hub. Without any shadow of a doubt the support, passion, advice and knowledge that they have under their belts, has gained us significant listings with Coop and Morrison’s to name but a few. This partnership has not only gained us access to new markets but has also significantly helped to raise the profile of our brewery and our brands.
The Food and Drink hub have provided excellent continued support for Hamlyn’s Oats, Nisha and Millar confectionery. They spotted an opportunity to increase their product ranges to the Hubs partners and that has been pinnacle to this year’s success. I firmly believe that in partnership with The Food and Drink Hub can grow these brands and produce so many exciting products in each of the product categories.
I have worked with James and Steve at the Food and Drink Hub for over 4 years and it has been a very fruitful relationship. They are very professional and have considerable in-depth knowledge of the retail trade, which has enabled them to win new customers and develop new customers over this period. My brands have performed well with their customers, and we have developed a close and friendly working relationship, which I value.
Over the past year, The Food and Drink Hub have become one of our Top 10 customers from a virtually standing start. This is as a result of working together on a number of on-trade and off-trade opportunities within the Scottish craft beer sector. We look forward to growing our respective business through 2018 and beyond