Donna Fordyce, the chief executive of Seafood Scotland, has been invited to join a newly launched four-nations council set up to boost food and drink exports. The only seafood expert to be invited to join the council, she will represent the Scottish fish and shellfish industry.

The Food and Drink Export Council has been established by the Department for International Trade following a recommendation from the Trade and Agricultural Commission, bringing together UK government, the devolved administrations and industry.

The council’s co-chairs are UK minister for exports Andrew Bowie and Ian Wright CBE, the former CEO of the Food and Drink Federation.

It will use a collaborative approach, harnessing expertise and resource from government and industry across the UK in a collective endeavour to increase agriculture, food and drink exports.

Donna Fordyce said: “Premium Scottish seafood is highly prized in many key markets around the world, so I am honoured to be able to contribute to this new council, which is very much focused on actions.

“By collaborating and sharing expertise, we can support food and drink producers across the UK to not only increase exports to existing markets but to identify new opportunities too.”

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