Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  

 

Global buyers to sample Highlands and Islands food and drink

18th July 2014

Photograph of Global buyers to sample Highlands and Islands food and drink

Twenty-one food and drink businesses from the Highlands and Islands will attend an unprecedented ‘meet the buyer' event ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The Showcasing Scotland event is the first large scale event of its type to be run for the Scottish food and drink industry.

Taking place on 21 and 22 July at Dunblane Hydro, it will bring together around seventy companies showcasing their products and 80 buyers from the UK and key export markets who are looking for Scottish products to enhance their existing offering. The event is a partnership between Scotland Food & Drink and Scottish Development international (SDI), the international arm of the Scottish Government and its enterprise agencies.

While Scotland's food and drink industry has been a continuing success story, there is still huge potential for growth in the UK and overseas, where Scottish provenance is seen as a marque of quality. In recognition of this, the recently launched Scotland Food & Drink Export Plan has identified 15 key export markets and buyers from some of these markets will be targeted to attend the Showcasing Scotland event.

2014 is a landmark year for Scotland as the country plays host to the Commonwealth Games, 2014 Ryder Cup and celebrates the second year of Homecoming Scotland. These events will provide a significant economic boost for Scotland’s food and drink industry as companies play a major role in the festivities, providing a ‘shop window’ to showcase the finest of regionally sourced, premium quality produce and products Scotland’s natural larder has to offer.

2014 Food & Drink is an industry-led campaign supported by Scotland Food & Drink, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), EventScotland and VisitScotland.

A wide range of companies from the Highlands and Islands will attend the event including meat, dairy, bakeries, and seafood producers.

Ardersier based cheese making company Connage Highland Dairy will attend the two-day event. The company is seeking to diversify to add value to the organic milk it was already producing when it started making cheese in 2005.

Managed by Callum and Jill Clark, the dairy produces and sells a range of premium quality, hand-made cheeses from their organic herd of 150 cows.

Jill Clark, Joint Managing Director of Connage Dairy, said: "Since we began eight years ago, we have been growing the business at a steady pace, trading nationally and internationally in the USA and Germany. At a SDI Meet the Buyer event in 2009, we managed to secure a two-year deal with Harrods which was a tremendous boost for us.

"We are very much looking forward to the Showcasing Scotland event as it gives us a unique opportunity to see a large selection of buyers from all around the world. We are very proud of our cheese but equally proud of the part we play in the local Highland community and the wider Scottish food and drink industry. We hope to meet the right kind of buyer that suits our products well and we hope that this event will enable us to focus on new export areas."

Companies attending will receive a guaranteed minimum of six introductory buyers meetings at the event.

Iain Sutherland from HIE, said: “It is fantastic that so many companies from the Highlands and Islands will be participating at the event. HIE works with these businesses to help them grow in so many ways, including increasing their international markets. The Showcasing Scotland event gives them such a great opportunity especially with the focus on Scotland during 2014. We wish all our companies every success at the event."

Thurso based Reids of Caithness has recently experienced success at home and in exports around the world.

Manging Director Gary Reid will also be present at the event. He said: “Our business is currently experiencing an exciting period of growth and we distribute our products all over the world from Japan, USA and Canada, to Korea, Dubai and France.

“By showcasing our products and meeting buyers at the event, we hope to establish a better partnership and to build our brand together. We are in the process of growing our market in the UK and the Showcasing Scotland event gives us a fantastic opportunity to meet national and buyers who can help make connections for us on a larger scale which will allow us to accelerate our ambitions and develop our customer base.”

Amanda Brown, industry development director at Scotland Food & Drink, comments: “We have a wealth of amazing food and drink products in Scotland but it is not always easy to make connections with buyers. This event will provide suppliers with an opportunity to do just that but on a scale that hasn’t been delivered before.

“In 2014 all eyes will be on Scotland so there’s no better time for companies to make their mark on the global marketplace and we will be supporting participants to ensure they maximise the commercial benefits this landmark year brings.”

The Highlands and Islands businesses which will be present at Showcasing Scotland are:
Macleans Highland Bakery
Reids of Caithness
Stag Bakery
Walkers Shortbread
Connage Highland Dairy
Arran Brewery
Cairngorm Brewery
Loch Ness Brewery
Spey Valley Brewery
Grants of Speyside
Invereach
A Taste of Arran
Baxters
Cullise Estates
Aquascot
Loch Duart
Loch Fyne
Highland Bay Seafood
Scottish Salmon Company
Meat Snacks
MacMillan Foods

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

Wellness Tourism: A market you can't afford to miss!Thumbnail for article : Wellness Tourism:  A market you can't afford to miss!
Wellness Tourism is worth over £500bn worldwide, and has grown more than twice as fast as tourism overall.   Join us for the latest series of ‘TUNE INTO TOURISM', and explore how you can capitalise on this growing trend.  
£465k Digital And Innovation Support Programme Announced
Businesses in the Highlands and Islands looking to develop their use of digital technology and innovation are set to benefit from a new £465,000 support programme.   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) announced the investment on Monday 30 September 2019 at a digital collaboration event to launch the refreshed #hellodigital facility in An Lochran, Inverness.  
EU delegation visit Highland social enterprises
Fourteen delegates from organisations across Europe that are tackling socio-economic challenges will visit the Highlands this week.   The visit is part of the next project meeting of the Support Network for Social Entrepreneurs (SuNSE) and will take place during 1-3 October in Inverness and Sutherland.  
Survey Finds Majority Of Highlands And Islands Businesses Use Fair Work Practices
The latest Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Business Panel Survey published today (10 September) shows that 89% of companies across the region are offering benefits such as competitive levels of pay, training and skills development, flexible working and paying the living wage.   Over a thousand businesses across the region took part in the latest survey conducted between 10 June and 8 July.  
Public Invited To Share Views On Satellite Launch Site Proposals
Plans to create a spaceport that will launch communications satellites into orbit from the Moine peninsula in Sutherland are set to be unveiled for discussion at public meetings over the next two months.   Development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which is backing the £17.3m project to design and build Space Hub Sutherland, has today (Wednesday 4 September) lodged a proposal of application notice with the Highland Council.  
Social business programme launches across the Highlands and Islands
People with a business idea that will benefit their local community or environment will soon have access to a new programme of support, being launched across the Highlands and Islands.   Known as the Social Start-Up School, the innovative programme will be delivering four locally focused initiatives.  
HIE Sells Centre For Health Science In InvernessThumbnail for article : HIE Sells Centre For Health Science In Inverness
Highlands and Islands Enterprise has sold the to the University of the Highlands and Islands in a deal worth £9.83m.   Funded by a loan from Scottish Funding Council, the sale will consolidate and help further develop the university's School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences.  
Lease option agreed for Space Hub Sutherland
The owners of land earmarked for the Space Hub Sutherland development on the Moine Peninsula have agreed a lease option with developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Representatives of Melness Crofters Estate (MCE) and HIE signed the agreement yesterday (Wednesday 31 July).  
£3m For Scrabster Harbour ProjectThumbnail for article : £3m For Scrabster Harbour Project
The second phase in a major upgrade of Scrabster Harbour in Caithness has secured up to £3m investment from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The funding will enable the redevelopment of the existing St.  
New grants to support young entrepreneurs
Start-up businesses in the Outer Hebrides could receive a welcome injection of capital from a new joint initiative by Business Gateway Outer Hebrides and Highlands and Islands enterprise.   The Outer Hebrides Young Entrepreneur Start-Up Scheme (OHYESS), will provide grants of up to £2,500 to support entrepreneurs age 18-40 to set up businesses in key sectors across the Outer Hebrides.  

[Printer Friendly Version]