Hospitality staff discover strength of Fife food

Archived news: published on Wednesday 18 Jan 2017 by Fife Economy Partnership

On Monday 16th January, Food from Fife arranged a visit for 17 members of the local hospitality and catering industry to food producers in and around St Andrews.


The staff (largely front of house and kitchen staff) from St Andrews University, Kingsbarns Distillery, The Old Course Hotel and Ardross Farm Shop visited the food producers as part of Food from Fife’s work to promote increased use of local Fife produce.  The group visited 


•  Balgove Larder, where they found out more about the produce farmed by the farm shop and the team of butchers working with meat produced on the estate.

•  Jannetta’s Gelateria, where they heard about the history (dating back to 1908) of this iconic ice cream producer, found out about the artisanal production of the ice cream and saw the ice cream being made

•  St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company, where they discovered how a traditional dairy farm had diversified successfully into creating award-winning cheese


The group was joined by another 15 industry stakeholders and food and drink businesses at St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company for an informal networking session to finish off the day. 


Food from Fife is a not for profit company that was established in 2010 to help food and tourism businesses work together better.  The group is funded by Fife Council and membership fees.  Its 47 members range from artisan food and drink producers to large-scale manufacturers, chefs, hospitality businesses (large hotels, small B&Bs and everything in between), colleges, farms shops, cookery schools, caterers, heritage organisations, markets and food photographers.


Martha Bryce, coordinator of Food from Fife said:

“I’m delighted by the feedback from both those who attended the familiarisation trip and from the producers they visited.  Food from Fife is all about getting those working in the local food and drink and food tourism industry working together to enhance Fife’s offering.  It was great to see those who came along discovering the strength of the local produce on their doorstep and taking that message back to their businesses and customers.”


The trip is likely to be repeated with other food producers keen to take part.


To find out more about Food from Fife membership, please contact Martha Bryce:

Tel. 07905 761 525 or visit

/Twitter @foodfromfife/Facebook/food-from-fife

Dot Smith, Economic Adviser - Market and Trade Development 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 49 21 75 Contact Dot Smith online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY
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