FOOD, DRINK & FARMING
Scotland's Food and Drink industry exports are worth more than £5 billion annually - that includes the 40 bottles of Scotch Whisky which leave our shores every second! But this remarkable success story doesn't happen by chance. It is the hard work of farmers, producers, processors, distillers, fishermen and many others that ensure Scotland is known the world over for the quality of our produce.
The European Union has the ability to help grow our exports, and ensure our top quality produce reaches as wide a market as possible. My role as an MEP is to ensure there is a strong voice for Scotland's food and drink industry in the European Parliament.
WINES AND SPIRITS
I serve as a vice-chairman of the Wines & Spirits intergroup within the European Parliament. The intergroup aims to look at ways of promoting the sector throughout the EU and beyond, and my particular focus is on supporting and promoting the Scotch Whisky industry.
Examining the prospects for a mid-term review of the CAP and my early thoughts on what Brexit means for European farmers.READ MORE
Delighted to have hosted an event in the European Parliament last Wednesday celebrating Scottish Gin! With a big thanks to The Edinburgh Gin, Tanqueray, Isle of Harris Gin, The Botanist Gin, the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, Diageo, Spirits Europe and my co-host Dr Charles Tannock MEP.READ MORE
The drive from Inverness to Forres takes you through some of the best farmland in Scotland. Fine seed potatoes are grown in Moray. Fine barley too. I always think that barley is best enjoyed in whisky form, and where better to enjoy it than Moray, home to more distilleries than anywhere else on the planet. Macallan, Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Glenfarclas, Tomintoul, Aberlour; if you want a fine dram, Moray’s for you!READ MORE