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

MacTV Expands Team To Boost International AmbitionsThumbnail for article : MacTV Expands Team To Boost International Ambitions
An Isle of Lewis-based television production company has recently expanded its development team with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Catriona Lexy Campbell has been recruited by award-winning firm, MacTV, as a development researcher to help increase the company's global appeal and to build on its success to date.  
HIE welcomes £94m expansion plans for Fort William smelterThumbnail for article : HIE welcomes £94m expansion plans for Fort William smelter
The plans were announced today (Tuesday 17 November) by ALVANCE Aluminium, operator of the Fort William plant.   Responding to the news, Alastair Nicolson HIE's area manager for Skye Lochaber and Wester Ross, said:"Fort William's aluminium smelter has been a cornerstone of the Lochaber economy for generations.  
Community Leaders Build Network To Shape The Future Of TourismThumbnail for article : Community Leaders Build Network To Shape The Future Of Tourism
Sixteen community group representatives from Shetland to Galloway will be expanding their horizons digitally this weekend as they look at the future of Scottish tourism.   The group is taking part in Communities Leading in Tourism, a specialist programme offered by partners Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE), and delivered on the ground by the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA).  
£100k To Support Young Entrepreneurs
A business support programme aimed at developing the next generation of entrepreneurs is to be extended across the Highlands and Islands.   IMPACT30 is currently operated by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in the Highland Council area, as part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.  
£20.51 Million To Unlock Cairngorm's PotentialThumbnail for article : £20.51 Million To Unlock Cairngorm's Potential
Cairngorm will benefit from more than £20 million to make it a year-round attraction, generating significant economic benefits for the local area and Scotland's tourism sector.   Funded by the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), more than £16 million of the investment will be used to support reinstatement of Scotland's only funicular railway and bring it back into service during winter 2021-22.  
Scots And German Renewables Groups To Collaborate On Offshore Wind And HydrogenThumbnail for article : Scots And German Renewables Groups To Collaborate On Offshore Wind And Hydrogen
Renewable energy industry groups in Scotland and Germany are joining forces to boost the production of both offshore wind energy and green hydrogen.   The north of Scotland's offshore wind cluster organisation, DeepWind, has today (Wednesday 23 September 2020) signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with its German counterpart, WAB.  
Funding Boost For Wester Ross Dry Dock Accommodation ProjectThumbnail for article : Funding Boost For Wester Ross Dry Dock Accommodation Project
A project to create accommodation facilities at Kishorn dry dock in Wester Ross has secured investment of up to £94,675 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   Having on-site accommodation will enhance the dock's capacity and help it attract more high-end contracts in offshore renewables and oil and gas decommissioning.  
Building Resilience For Island Communities
£2 million for locally-led green recovery.   Island communities will benefit from a £2 million programme of locally-led green projects designed to help support their economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
Pathfinder taster session date set as programme opens for applicationsThumbnail for article : Pathfinder taster session date set as programme opens for applications
A free programme to help businesses accelerate their growth has opened for new applications, with a virtual taster session arranged for 24 September 2020.   Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Pathfinder Accelerator programme provides fast-track training and mentoring and will be delivered completely online.  
Spy Satellites Destined For Scottish SpaceportsThumbnail for article : Spy Satellites Destined For Scottish Spaceports
The online news hound "The Ferret has published a story today that the space hubs being proposed for Sutherland and Shetland will be used to launch spy satellites.   The arms industry is preparing to use two spaceports planned for Scotland to launch military spy satellites, an investigation by The Ferret can reveal.