Co-op’s food for thought

John Kelly, regional operations manager The Co-operative.
John Kelly, regional operations manager The Co-operative.

DELEGATES at last month’s SNP party conference had some extra debate ‘after hours’ at a fringe meeting organised by The Co-operative.

Chaired by Scottish Grocer managing editor Patrick Duffy, the panel and audience discussion featured Co-op regional operations manager John Kelly, Ron Gibson MSP, an SNP Scottish Parliamentarian with a strong interest in food, and Allan Bowie a vice president of farmers body NFU Scotland.
The panel debated the question: “Is Scotland’s food and drink policy heading in the right direction?”
Several questions from the floor covered local sourcing, food provenance and food waste. One questioner, a nutritionist, asked why the Co-op always put a cherry pie that she found difficult to resist at the till.
Another suggested it was often difficult to find basic foods in stores because of the space given to alcohol products.