Stornoway-based butchers, Charles Macleod, are to represent a piece of Scotland as Inverness Airport launches its inaugural flight (Monday, September 5, 2011) to Schiphol, Amsterdam.
Airport Manager, Graeme Bell, will present a luxury Scottish hamper containing food produce from all over the highlands and islands, to Ivo van der Vlis, Aviation Marketing Manager, as a goodwill gesture to the linking of the two cities.
Graeme Bell explains the idea behind the hamper: “Obviously the launch of the Inverness to Schiphol route is fundamental to the growing success of both Scottish and Dutch tourism. As a form of friendly exchange following the inaugural flight, we thought it would be great to present Schiphol with a hamper of some of the finest produce available in Scotland.
“We approached suppliers from all over the country who have kindly donated produce for this special presentation, offering a little piece of Scotland to our Dutch counterparts.”
Graeme continues: “We also potentially have food producers from surrounding areas who may look to use the Schiphol service to export their goods abroad so we wanted to highlight the great products our home grown companies are producing and exporting.”
Iain Macleod, Partner at Charles Macleod Limited, added: “We were approached a few weeks ago to find out if we would like to contribute towards the luxury hamper and felt that it was a great idea. We decided to donate some of our famous black pudding - but the very fact that we were approached is significant in that we have been identified as a leading brand, renowned for quality produce.
“By providing a little sample of some of the delights that we have to offer here in Scotland, we hope that it will offer tourists another enticing element in addition to our spectacular scenery, historic ancestry and friendly culture.”
Pictured above are the team at Charles Macleod butchers in Stornoway.