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Scottish food and drink sector set to lay out coronavirus impact to Scottish Affairs Committee

22 June 2020

The Scottish Affairs Committee will hear about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on Scotland's food and drink sector when industry representatives give evidence on Thursday. 


According to the most recent Scottish Government figures in 2018, the sector comprises 19% of all Scotland's international exports and its post-pandemic health will be essential to the UK's recovery. Lockdown conditions have seen reduced capacity of workers, disruption to the supply chain and processing capacity disruption.

Purpose of the session

Committee members are expected to ask about:

  • The impact of coronavirus on trade and support needed after the crisis;
  • Access to seasonal workers; and
  • Whether the coronavirus pandemic has affected the industry's post-Brexit planning.

The evidence given by the panel is for the Committee's Coronavirus and Scotland inquiry.


Thursday 25 June

At 14:30

  • Jonnie Hall, Director of Policy, National Farmers Union Scotland; 
  • James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food and Drink,  
  • Karen Betts, CEO, Scotch Whisky Association.

Further information

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