The Scottish foodservice provider Brakes Scotland has announced that they have a new partnership. The company will be teaming up with Gary Maclean, the MasterChef: The Professionals winner. This partnership will lead to Gary showing support for the company’s focus on sourcing local products as well as promoting the very best Scottish produce and innovation.
Brakes has teamed up with Gary Maclean after the launch of Brakes Scotland 2016. This is part of the company’s UK operation and should further improve Brakes’ increased commitment to both Scotland and the Scottish offering. Gary Maclean has had a working relationship with Brakes that has existed for 25 years. Maclean has used the company throughout his career as a chef and as a senior lecturer. Brakes works on supporting Scottish suppliers and promoting Scottish produce in order to offer locally sourced foods with provenance to both chefs and consumers.
Brakes Scotland has significantly invested in the Scottish economy. The company has over 80 Scottish suppliers and now provides 400 entirely Scottish product lines. This means that £70 million of Scottish produce is procures every year which includes meat, dairy, fish and seafood, bakery, desserts &ice cream, grocery and drinks. Brakes has recently made all their dairy products entirely from Scottish sources, and have plans to further expand their Scottish range soon. On top of supporting local produce, Brakes support young chefs and it is hoped that the collaboration with Gary Maclean will help inspire the young talent in Scotland. It is also hope that the partnership could result in some new recipes being produced as well as other new initiatives. Brakes further supports the Scottish economy as 30% of all Brakes Scotland sales are produced and packaged in the Scotland.
Brakes has their Scottish Supplier event on the 28th March at the Royal Highland Centre in Islington. At this event it is thought that 50 Scottish Suppliers will showcase their produce. The event is due to run between 12pm-4pm, and the afternoon will also include demonstrations from Fresh Direct and M&J Seafood, Brakes’ sister companies.