Dairy leader is honorary grocer

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The achievements of a high-profile dairy sector businessman with many Kintyre links have been recognised by the Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF).

Sandy Wilkie, business development director with Muller Milk and Ingredients, formerly Robert Wisemann Dairies. has been awarded an honorary lifetime membership of SGF, the independent convenience stores trade association.

The award recognises Mr Wilkie’s outstanding contribution to the development of the dairy industry in Scotland and his support for the independent retail sector.

Mr Wilkie, who has an East Kintyre holiday home and worked with Campbeltown town hall’s restoration team, is a former chairman of both the Dairy Council and the Milk Marketing Forum as well as the European Dairy Association Liquid Milk Group.

He is past president of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs and is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies.

He serves as Depute Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Vice President of the Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland, Director of both Agriscot and Hamilton Park Racecourse.

The award was presented as part of SGF’s 99th Annual Conference. Chief executive, Pete Cheema, said: ‘Very few people have made such an outstanding contribution to their own industry sector and to the independent convenience store sector.

‘We were delighted to bestow this award on Sandy; it will ensure that he will continue to have a strong connection to the SGF and its members for many years to come.’

From left: SGF chief executive, Pete Cheema, Sandy Wilkie and SGF chairman Dennis Williams. NO_c45SandyWilkie01_with_SGF_award