Food and drink took centre stage in the vote for Scottish Independence following “secret meetings” between supermarket bosses and David Cameron ahead of the historic vote in September. A number of Scottish food and drink manufacturers had finally come out publicly against in August. But it was last-minute predictions by supermarket bosses that ruffled Alex Salmond’s team. After CEO Andy Clarke said Asda would be forced to “reflect” on operating costs in the event of a Yes vote, Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King admitted Scottish customers would face a price hike. They both came under attack from the Yes camp for scaremongering, but for the No vote it was a timely intervention.