Edinburgh has become the first provenance airport in Scotland…
As a long-standing champion of Scottish food and drink, Edinburgh Airport is proud to have been named Scotland’s first “provenance” airport. Working closely with its retail partners to use authentic, sustainable Scottish food and drink wherever possible, the airport boasts a range of mouth-watering options, from a delicious Scottish beef and haggis burger in The Gathering, through to a pint of Innis and Gunn lager beer in the Sir Walter Scott.
The provenance accreditation is managed by Scotland Food & Drink, with the full backing of the Scottish Government. It requires participants to commit to using high-quality Scottish produce where possible – something the airport has been doing with its retailers and food and drink partners for some time.
Rob Lang, Head of Marketing at Edinburgh Airport, said: “Last year was Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, and we played a very active role, sourcing a wide range of the finest Scottish produce for passengers to enjoy in our bars and restaurants, or to take on their onward journey. “We’ve seen some really exciting developments during that year, such as the surge in Scottish gins, with brands like Edinburgh Gin and Caorunn capturing the public imagination, and we’re proud to be part of that.”
“I think people are often surprised by the breadth and quality of Scottish produce,” he continued. “There are the things people always associate with Scotland, of course – whisky, shortbread, Irn-Bru and haggis – which are all excellent and we’re very proud to offer. “But then there are the world-class meats, cheeses and seafood served by our bars and restaurants. It’s about giving our customers a choice of the traditional and the unexpected.”
Flutes & Tails Champagne bar is one of the latest additions to the airport, offering a world- class selection of Champagnes alongside a range of proudly Scottish food platters.
Jonathan Mitchell, General Manager of Flutes & Tails, said: “We have a real passion for quality produce – it’s what motivates us. It would be easy enough to stick to the big brands, but that’s really not what we’re about. “We travel all over Scotland, seeking out high-quality craft products that often aren’t available in many other places. So whether it’s Hebridean peat-smoked salmon or Ayrshire chorizo, each of our dishes tells a story, and Rob said that Edinburgh Airport’s vision has long been to offer passengers not only excellence, but also a sense of place. The recent opening of several new retailers, bars and restaurants – including the World of Whiskies shop in the airport’s new 1,300sqm walk-through World Duty Free store – is testament to this.”