Demand for Scottish produce continues to grow across UK and international markets. Scotland’s Food Minister Richard Lochhead stated: “Scotland’s worldwide reputation for high quality produce speaks for itself. The provenance of our food has never been more important to consumers and discerning palates around the globe are choosing to eat Scottish produce”
Naturally D&G highlights many of our local producers; we work with them to ensure local people can enjoy local produce as much as customers abroad. As a large organisation, serving approx. 2 million meals per year, we have to ensure that the suppliers we choose can provide us with the quality and quantity of produce we need.
Müller Wiseman Dairies
Müller Wiseman Dairies processes and delivers 30% of the fresh milk consumed in Britain every day. They supply us with local milk and cream, and all from local depots and farms. Müller Wiseman Dairies have a stated policy of creating a better environmental performance, and improvements in efficiency to minimise the resource they require to collect,process and distribute their product. In order to meet their objectives and achieve industry leading environmental performance they focus on three key areas:
• Reducing Greenhouse Gases
• Reducing waste
• Minimising use of natural resources
The Müller Wiseman network of dairies and depots is strategically located to allow them to be efficient in the job that they do. Their dairies are centered near the major milk fields of the UK and their depots ensure that milk gets to the customer quicker and fresher.
Pioneer Foods established in 1878 and now a family company in its fifth generation are one of the largest and longest running independent suppliers to the catering trade in the UK. Based near Carlisle, with their depot only 40 miles to our central stores, they supply us with all our fresh meat products. With a fleet of over 55 multi-temperature vehicles delivering from three regional depots they provide us with the best quality products quickly and efficiently. Pioneer’s own butchery provides the best quality locally sourced meats, cut to our specification. Every week they buy cattle and lambs from local farms as well pork and poultry. The company is also subject to Grade A winning hygiene controls that guarantee food safety.
George Carruthers & Son
George Carruthers & Sons are a fruit and vegetable supplier based in Glasgow, servicing all areas of the catering trade, from the largest wholesalers in Scotland to schools, hotels, shops and food processors. They supply us with a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables from around Scotland and beyond. The increasing demand of different fruit and vegetable products means that it is important to use a wholesaler who is proven to provide a great service. This ensures that we receive fresh local seasonal produce in good condition wherever and whenever we need it and as they buy in large stocks they allow us to get the produce at a cost that means we can pass on our best costs to our customers.
Express Bakery is one of South West Scotland’s leading wholesale bakeries. Based in Dumfries, Express Bakery provides us with an excellent selection of freshly baked produce from morning rolls to a variety of breads and pastries. Express Bakery concentrate on creating really fresh produce to allow us to provide our customers with bakery products that we know are of the best quality. Their local production ensures not only fresh produce but that our orders can be of any size to meet strict nutritional guidelines for schools. Express Bakery also source and use flour from mills in Edinburgh to make their products.
Auchtralure Eggs is a sustainable free range egg production farm on the outskirts of Stranraer. Auchtralure is deeply conscious of the need to deliver the best of care for its hens, so they are fed top spec diets.The eggs are of such high quality that Auchtralure have scooped many top awards. A slick daily operation collects eggs daily and packs and transports them within a day to us, ensuring that we get the freshest product possible.
Rowan Glen is based at Palnure near Newton Stewart. It is the only Natural Scottish yoghurt producer. Rowan Glen blends tradition and modern quality production techniques in its up to date factory in the Galloway countryside. Using only the freshest, locally sourced Scottish milk from neighbouring farms, Rowan Glen produce a range of great tasting, quality yoghurts. Their low fat range of products retains all the great taste and nutrition as the other varieties and they are full of nutritional goodness and calcium. People are gradually looking at ways of improving their diet and along with regular exercise eating dairy products gives the body all the nutritional goodness and calcium intake it needs to stay strong and healthy.
Brakes the largest food wholesaler in the United Kingdom provide all our frozen food and ambient groceries. Brakes source only the highest quality food and produce and have an exceptional British and regional selection. Brakes supply us with chilled, frozen and ambient products in temperature controlled vehicles. This includes fish from M&J Seafood the fresh fish specialist who are accredited with supplying sustainable fish across their range. Brakes are dedicated to reducing food miles and in responsible sourcing. Every product delivered from them comes with the assurance of complete traceability throughout the supply chain. Currently Brakes have over 2,600 British own brand products with key ingredients sourced, produced and packed in the UK.