Sixteen Shetland businesses showcased their products to the Serco NorthLink operations team in Lerwick last Thursday.
The “Meet the Supplier” event, held in partnership with Shetland Islands Council’s economic development department, is part of NorthLink’s drive to increase the amount of island-sourced products on board the ships.
While there has been praise for the company’s use of isles crafts and foodstuffs, there has also been concern at some being left out, with Shetland lamb in particular being removed from the menus.
Serco NorthLink Managing director Stuart Garrett said: “The meet the supplier event was a great success and analysis is now on-going from all the produce and services presented on the day. When this process is complete and where commercially viable, it is anticipated to introduce selected lines into the restaurant, bar and shop ranges.
“Our restaurant and bar menus already feature locally sourced produce, the gift shop focuses on a variety of Shetland jewellery, soap and confectionary lines and our bars offer a range of high quality locally brewed beers.
“I can confirm that we plan to hold similar events in Shetland on a regular basis.”