Campus Treat

Campus Treat

Edinburgh College students put on a lively event at the Granton campus at the end of last month. Treat was a great showcase for their skills and products from local producers and in particular some relatively young businesses. Among the producers was Louise Elder with her Black & Gold cold pressed rapeseed oil. The archaeologist-turned-oil maker already supplies Harvey Nichols, from her Haddington farm, having only sold her first bottle at a farmers’ market in 2010. Meanwhile, Mara’s seaweed products use seaweeds harvested seasonally from the waters around Britain, including along the Fife coast. Melanie Auld is creating spice blends by hand in Gullane. Her ingenious Spice Pots replace the hassle of blending the seasoning for an authentic home-made curry.

Thinking about those businesses just starting out, it was interesting to talk to Robbie Granozio of Stoats while he was promoting the porridge oat bars in a large Sainsbury’s supermarket. Robbie started with Stoats by helping out at festivals when it was fledgling company. Now Stoats bars have been stocked by Sainsbury for three months and it illustrates how a small Scottish company can progress and take a place on the big stage.


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