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Scotland's world-class food and drink industry could win gold as part of Glasgow 2014 team

At the Scotland Food & Drink AGM in Perth today [Friday], Glasgow 2014’s Head of Catering, Cleaning and Waste will highlight the dozens of wide-ranging services contracts totaling millions of pounds worth of business available.

Craig Lear will tell the audience that Glasgow 2014 aims to showcase the best of regional produce to the millions of spectators and visitors that will come to Scotland throughout the summer of 2014.

Glasgow 2014 Head of Catering, Cleaning and Waste Craig Lear, is expected to say at the event today [Friday 23rd February]:

"For 25 days of the Games period, including the 11 days of competition, there will be more than two million meals made for athletes, team officials, technical officials, the media, the workforce, the Games Family and for spectators. This is the biggest event that the Scottish catering, cleaning and waste industry will have ever seen, and it’s time to get excited about what opportunities will be available.

"The Games will be a spectacular sporting event which showcases the city and the nation on an international stage, and the race for those in the Catering, Cleaning and Waste industries in Scotland will begin in late 2012 when we go out to tender for dozens of contracts. The opportunity to win business, raise international ambitions and deliver growth could be enormous, but like the event itself, only the best will win gold."

To demonstrate the scale of the challenge, Glasgow 2014 will need:

- More than 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetables;

- 10,000 loaves of bread;

- 60 tonnes of potatoes;

- 25,000 litres of milk;

- 8 tonnes of cheese;

- 6 tonnes of eggs;

- 10+ tonnes of seafood;

- 10+ tonnes of poultry items; and

- 10+ tonnes of meat products.

Companies who are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available should register on the Business Portal, at www.glasgow.gov.uk/businessportal, can select categories of goods or services appropriate to their business. You can receive automated email alerts on opportunities which match their preferences. In addition, larger value tenders are also advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

The services contracts are anticipated go out to tender during late 2012.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink said:

"The minds of the food and drink industry are already cast towards 2014. Alongside other major events that year, the Commonwealth Games represents a fantastic and unique platform to celebrate what Scotland has to offer.

"As well as being a festival of sport, we also want the Games to reflect everything that is great about our produce in Scotland. We are already working closely with the Glasgow 2014 team as the huge catering operation takes shape. The early engagement by the organisers with the industry has been very much welcomed and we’re looking forward to an event we believe can be a crucial milestone in developing Scotland’s reputation as ‘A Land of Food and Drink’".

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

"Scottish food and drink is world renowned as high quality. Therefore the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow offers the perfect platform to showcase Scottish produce – as well as providing a fantastic opportunity for Scottish businesses to get involved. I would encourage Scottish companies to bid for contracts so that their products can help fuel athletes from around the world to success in 2014.

"The Games offer vast opportunities to put Scotland on the path to a healthier and more successful future and as a government we are already doing all that we can to ensure Scotland and Scottish businesses capitalise on this once in a generation opportunity of hosting a major international sporting event."

Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council said:

"This is a massive opportunity for businesses to play a key role in an important area of work during the Games. I'd urge anyone interested to register for the Glasgow Business Portal."

Chief Executive for Commonwealth Games Scotland, Jon Doig, said:

"High quality food and drink is a vital element for athletes in the run-up to and during competition. Getting the right nutritional balance, knowing that your food is safe from contamination and having a good variety of food to choose from is essential for elite athletes at the top of their game, and critical to top performance."

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