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22 August 2019

Bathgate Academy raise money for local charity as part of food challenge

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Before the school holidays (12 June 2019) TESCO Bathgate shoppers had the chance to take home some tasty Scotch Beef PGI burgers in exchange for a donation to charity. This fundraising event was organised by pupils from Bathgate Academy.

This event was set up as part of successful partnership between Bathgate Academy and leading Broxburn-based beef processor - AK Stoddart. AK Stoddart challenged teams of S2 students to produce a new Scotch Beef PGI burger to be part of their product range. The pupils conducted market research, developed the product, designed packaging and created a marketing campaign to promote the new product.

The winning team was Delizioso Burgers, made up by Millie McKee, Polina Derugina and Becky McLean. AK Stoddart produced their Italian inspired burger which included extra mature cheddar, Parmesan, pecorino cheese, mozzarella, basil, parsley and oregano. The company also worked with their printing partners to produce labels for the packs using the designs the pupils created. The burger has raised over £500 for Jak's Den in Livingston.

The partnership aims to help pupils develop business skills, learn about the many exciting careers available in the Scottish food and drink industry and how the subjects they learn in school relate to the real world of work. It was set up by FDF Scotland as part of its 'A Future in Food' national skills initiative and is supported by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and TESCO Bathgate.

Moira Stalker, Skills Manager, FDF Scotland, said:
“This successful project brings to life the variety of exciting career opportunities available in the food and drink industry from product development and nutrition through to marketing and design. The amount of work and research all the pupils at the Academy put into this project was outstanding. Congratulations to Millie, Polina and Becky for winning the challenge and for all their efforts in raising money for their chosen charity.”

Emma Aitken, Home Economics Teacher, Bathgate Academy, said:
“The Make It with Meat challenge is an exciting learning experience for our pupils to learn about the farm to fork process. It teaches pupils where the meat they eat comes from, how it is processed and how it is developed into a consumable product. The challenge also provides pupils with an insight into the different jobs and skills required in the food industry. Our S2 pupils have thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and created some innovative flavour combinations. We are delighted that A.K Stoddart put the winning burger into production for the showcase event.”

Tracey Harrison, Community Champion at Tesco Bathgate, said:
“Tesco have been supporting this project for many years now. The pupils come into store to do some market research – including looking at packaging and pricing. They also have the opportunity to visit our distribution centre where they learn about the wider food chain and distribution and logistics. The best day is when they come into store to sell their burgers for charity. Food Creations cook off the burgers so that the customers can try before they buy.”

Note to Editors:

  1. The whole food and drink industry from agriculture, fishing, aquaculture through to manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the economy, with an annual turnover of £15bn and employing around 118,000 people.
  2. FDF Scotland is the voice of the Scottish food and drink manufacturing industry – Scotland's largest manufacturing sector.
  3. FDF Scotland's schools work - A Future in Food, funded by the Scottish Government through Scotland Food & Drink, helps teachers, pupils and parents better understand the food and drink industry in Scotland, highlights the wide variety of careers on offer, helps pupils understand the skills required by employers and how the subjects they study in school relate to the real world of work.
  4. Jak's Den in Livingston offers emotional, social and practical support to children and young people from all over Scotland who have been diagnosed with cancer, a related illness and their families and friends or who have sadly been bereaved.

More Information

Contact Kirsty Ritchie, Food and Drink Federation Scotland, at:, or 0131 222 8040.

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