Macdonald Hotels has renewed its commitment to using the
freshest and finest local ingredients by hosting around 40 Scottish
producers at two "meet the buyers" events.
Run over two days and in conjunction with Scotland Food and
Drink, the events at Macdonald's Inchyra and Macdonald Aviemore
Resort coincided with Scottish Food Fortnight, celebrating the best
produce the nation has to offer.
More than 40 small-scale producers attended the events and were
given the opportunity to showcase their produce and pitch them to
the Hotel group's key decision-makers including; head of
purchasing, Marta Miguel Sanz, and executive development chefs,
Keith Shearer and Kenny Macmillan.
Macdonald Hotels actively supports small-scale suppliers to
develop their business, helping to secure partnerships and a
reliable stream of the highest quality seasonal produce.
Macdonald group sales director & chief executive of
Macdonald Resorts Simon Jackson said: "As the largest independent
hotel group in the UK, we pride ourselves in ensuring that each
hotel has some representation of their region; being headquartered
in Scotland, means that we are at the heart of some of the very
best food and drink; Scotland has a bountiful larder and we are
keen to buy locally and champion Scottish brands.
Macdonald Hotels head of purchasing Marta Miguel Sanz added, "We
already have established links with some world-class producers
which sees our hotel guests enjoy only the very best Scotch beef,
lamb, smoked fish and dairy. These meet the buyer events are a
fantastic opportunity to meet Scotland's smaller producers and
suppliers and have worked very well for us in the past. We support
these smaller businesses either directly, or by encouraging
collaborations to ensure that we are able to support more
businesses by supporting them with their distribution routes."
One such partnership that has flourished is with artisan ice
cream makers, Arran Dairies, part of the Taste of Arran brand, who
now supply the entire group of 45 hotels and resorts.
Alastair Dobson managing director at Taste of Arran, said: "It's
a real privilege to be working with Macdonald Hotels. Not only are
they a major customer, but their assistance to promote our brand
has been invaluable.
"For businesses of our size, it is often difficult to secure
contracts with national restaurant and hotel groups. Macdonald
Hotel's commitment to working with smaller-scale suppliers, helping
them to improve their business makes a massive difference.
"As a result of our partnership, we are now equipped to handle
much larger contracts and the business is all the better for
The provenance of the food on the menu at all Macdonald Hotels
is central to the groups' food strategy with over 60% of its fresh
food coming from Scottish suppliers.
Marta Miguel Sanz, said: "It has been inspirational to see so
many enthusiastic Scottish food businesses offering such high
quality and innovative produce. The food and drink sector in
Scotland is in a very healthy place, and the appetite for locally
and ethically sourced ingredients continues to grow.
"At the Macdonald Group, we are committed to ensuring that our
guests are served the best-quality, seasonal dishes, and we believe
that pairing the freshest local ingredients with the best culinary
talent is fundamental to achieving that.
"Many group hotels lose their individualism because they are
homogenised. As the UK's largest independent hotel group, we work
hard to ensure that we bring to life the local area's best
"We enjoy fantastic relationships between our suppliers, chefs
and buyers, and events like these ones help improve those
partnerships and foster new ones."
Macdonald Hotels has recently strengthened its commitment to
excellence in food and drink by appointing Michelin-starred chef
Tony Borthwick at its Rusacks Hotel in St. Andrews. The news
follows the announcement that planning permission has been given
for a £7m extension to the hotel, which will include 44 new suites,
a rooftop restaurant for 145 diners, bar and terrace, as well as
glass-fronted suites allowing visitors to witness up-close the
grandeur of golf's most historic course.
Macdonald Hotels Ltd celebrates its 25th anniversary
this year and operates over 45 hotels across the UK and ten resorts
in both the UK, Spain and Portugal. The Group's portfolio of luxury
hotel restaurants between them hold over 50 AA Rosettes.