Glasgow Airport has become the first airport in Scotland to receive a food and drink standards award for its Scotland & Sea Food Court.
The Quality Assurance accreditation from VisitScotland certifies the excellence and provenance of the food and drink available at Scotland & Sea’s airport eateries.
Taste Our Best, a joint initiative between VisitScotland and the Scottish Government, is designed to recognise businesses – including hotels, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, visitor attractions and B&Bs – that promote Scottish produce on their menus.
The scheme provides businesses with an assessment by qualified assessors of their food provision and menu, with those meeting the necessary criteria receiving the Taste Our Best accreditation. The award provides consumers with an independent and trusted assurance of standards and in addition, offers businesses a valuable marketing tool.
Scotland & Sea comprises four outlets providing different catering offerings, with dishes freshly prepared and cooked on the premises. The separate sports bar and grill, deli, buffet-style restaurant and café bar offer a wide variety of dining options, from grab and go light bites to lunch.
The Food Court is operated by global catering specialist Delaware North, which invested over £2m five years ago to transform the Glasgow Airport Food Court into contemporary and comfortable dining hall.
Paula McGee of Delaware North said: “Our priority is to provide our customers with a great, relaxed dining experience, enjoying food of the highest standards – and using quality produce is key to that. Scotland is very fortunate to have superb produce so it’s important to make the most of those rich resources and to be able to give our Scotland & Sea customers a real taste of Scotland.”
Denise Gilmour, Head of Retail at Glasgow Airport, said: “The Delaware North team at the airport has put in an incredible amount of effort to ensure Scotland & Sea meets the standards required to not only provide a first-class experience, but that the Scotland and Sea menu highlights the very best produce out country has to offer.
“As the airport’s tagline suggests, we are proud to serve Scotland. We’re also proud to promote Scotland’s rich and varied larder.”
Research has shown that visitors are willing to pay up to 15% more for food that is of Scottish or regional origin, and businesses which provide and promote their use of local produce can typically enjoy higher level sales of up to 20% per year, providing a real financial incentive for businesses to sign up to the accreditation scheme.
It is estimated that tourism’s contribution to Scotland’s food and drink industry is worth £2.5 million per day to country’s economy, with sampling traditional dishes and local produce among the top activities undertaken by visitors to Scotland.