Ferry operator hungry for Shetland food

Tuesday 7th May 2013

With farmers to fishermen, bakers to brewers, Shetland has an extraordinary selection of first class producers.  Serco NorthLink Ferries is interested in providing a wider selection of local products for sale on their ships and, with that in mind, Shetland Islands Council’s Economic Development Service is helping to organise a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in Lerwick on 23rd May.

Peter Hutchinson, Senior Manager Vessel Support Services said they’re keen to meet with local suppliers to see what Shetland has to offer, as well as explain their own needs: “NorthLink Ferries is committed to continue using local produce from the northern isles.  I am delighted to be able to work with the Economic Development Service of the SIC to set up a ‘Meet the Buyer’ day in Lerwick.

We’re particularly looking for local items to sell in our on-board shops, along with produce for our bars and restaurants.  Our chefs are always looking at ways to improve our menus, and we’re looking forward to meeting with prospective new suppliers alongside our existing excellent Shetland food and drink providers.”

Douglas Irvine, Executive Manager of Economic Development at the SIC: “The idea behind the event is to help develop links between local producers and buyers.  It will give suppliers an ideal opportunity to pitch their products to the procurement personnel at NorthLink Ferries, and we would encourage anyone who’s interested to get in touch.”