SAC Consulting, part of SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College), has bolstered its Food and Footprint division with the addition of three new experts to the team.

The trio bring fresh knowledge and invaluable insight on issues ranging from sustainability in food systems or new product development to biodiversity and scope three emissions. They join the dedicated food and footprint team which focuses on delivering end-to-end sustainability solutions for businesses on the journey to net-zero.

Comprising of the Food & Enterprise team and the Environment team – Food & Footprint works with a wide range of businesses from start-up entrepreneurs through to multi-national organisations.

Andrew Bauer, Head of Food and Footprint, said: “This is a landmark moment for the team. Innovation and insight are vital for any organisation to be resilient, be able to evolve, and make the right decisions.

“Our significant investment in our Food and Footprint team reflects that. By expanding the team we will be able to offer our clients the experience and knowledge that is essential for a business to thrive.

“It also reflects our commitment to ensure we provide great value to our clients. We are constantly looking at how we can improve our offering.”

The new Food & Enterprise team members are Sustainability Economist Victoria Barthelmess, as well as consultants Sterre Vester and Tushaani Naidu, who has joined the Environment team.

All three obtained an MSc in Ecological Economics from Edinburgh University and bring international expertise having all come to Scotland from further afield.

Sterre is originally from the Netherlands, Tushaani Malaysia, and Victoria Germany.

Scotland’s food and drink sector is facing some of its greatest ever challenges, but by bringing together the right consultants, the latest research and delivering an integrated service, Andrew hopes to provide long term sustainable solutions.

He added: “While these are testing times, with multiple pressures on the sector, it is exciting to be part of the food & enterprise team and be able to go out and provide support to businesses.

“We work with all sorts of organisations, from SMEs, public or third sector stakeholders, to well established businesses.”

Customers will be able to tap into in-depth knowledge of supply chains, manufacturing systems, and sustainable scaling, as well as learning how to adopt business models that will support ESG strategies.

The new appointments bring significant additional capacity and skills to deliver results for SAC Consulting’s clients across land-based businesses and the food supply chain.

Their collective expertise will enable the company to offer an even broader scope of services, ranging from sustainability consulting to supply chain optimisation and beyond.


Sam Allcock, a seasoned entrepreneur with over two decades of expertise in Food & Drink Editorial.

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