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Showcasing Regional Scotland West Event Sees Demand Grow for Locally Sourced Food & Drink increases

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Showcasing Regional Scotland West Event Sees Demand Grow for Locally Sourced Food & Drink increases

Showcasing Regional Scotland West Event Sees Demand Grow for Locally Sourced Food & Drink increases
March 08
13:45 2018

Showcasing Regional Scotland kicked off yesterday as the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, welcomed 100 food and drink businesses for a special one-day ‘Meet the Buyer’ event at Hampden Park.

Aimed at increasing the availability of Scottish food and drink in the west, the event was organised by Scotland Food & Drink with support from Connect Local. It followed the release of the results of a recent survey which revealed that almost 70% of Scots said they value local sourcing, while nearly half claimed they plan to buy more local food and drink in the future.

Organisers hope the events will help grow sales of locally produced, authentic Scottish food and drink within local markets; others have been scheduled for around the country throughout this year and 2019.

Mr Ewing  said: ‘We know that bringing together suppliers and buyers to do business at these type of events has a proven track record of working well.

‘In taking the Showcasing Scotland concept to regional level we are providing our local producers with the opportunity to grow their businesses by highlighting the very best of their produce to a range of prospective buyers.’

Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food at Scotland Food & Drink (pictued left), added: ‘Showcasing Scotland West provided an excellent platform to broaden the range and diversity of Scottish produce available in local markets across Scotland.’

The one-day, meet-the buyer’ regional Showcasing Scotland events have been developed by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with Connect Local. Further events in Tayside, Highlands & Islands, the East and North East will take place across 2018/19.

For more information and online registration, visit www.showcasing.scot.

Photo (L-R): Taste of Arran’s Kim Ryan; George Wotherspoon of Loch Lomond Brewery; James Withers, CEO Scotland Food & Drink; Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy; Ceri Ritchie, Project Manager at Connect Local; Craig Strachan, Start-Up Drinks Lab; Neil Robson, Rebel Chocolate; Kirsty George of Luss Smokehouse

Suppliers present on the day included:

6DNLTD
A Taste of Arran
Angus & Oink
Arbikie Highland Estate
Aye Love Real Food
Beinn an Tuirc Distillers
Belhaven Smokehouse
Bon Accord Soft Drinks
Braehead Foods
Brodie Melrose Drysdale & Co
Broughton Brewery
Campbell Brothers
Castleton Farm Shop
Celtic Sea Spice Co
Cobbs Bakery
Cocoa Ooze
Crantit Dairy
Cross Borders Brewing Company
Deeside Water Company
Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky
Edinburgh Beer Factory
Energy To Run
Equi’s Ice Cream
Esker Spirits
eteaket Tea
Eyeball Brewing Ltd.
Finnieston Distillery
First Milk
G Porrelli & Co Ltd
Galloway Chillies
Gigha Halibut
Glasgow Distillery Company
Good Nude Food
Gourmets Choice
Grown Up Foods
Harviestoun
Hungry Squirrel
Islay Ales Company
James Rizza & Sons
Jaw Brew
Jenier Limited
Kavli UK (Castle MacLellan)
Kedar Cheese Company
Lawman Brewing Company
Lazy day Foods
Loch Duart

Loch Lomond Brewery
Lomond Fine Foods
Luss Fine Foods
Lussa Gin
M&J Seafoods
Macleans Highland Bakery
MacMillan Foods
Marine Products (Scotland)
McCaskie Butchers
Meatsnacks Group
Merchant City Brewing Co
Middle Way Ltd
Millers Larder
Mr. C’s Hand-Crafted Pies
Ochil Fudge Pantry
Ovenbird Coffee Roasters
P.K.Foods Glasgow
Porter’s Gin
(T/A MACDUFF 1890)
Rebel Chocolate
ora dairy
Saucy Desserts
Scotlay free range egg co
Scottish Fruit Company
Scottish Salmon Company
Simple Simon’s Perfect Pies
Smoky Brae
St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company
Start-Up Drinks Lab
Stoats Porridge Bars
Succulento
Summer Harvest Oils
Supernature Oils
Taste our Best
Thistly Cross Cider
Threepwood Fayre
Tobermory Fish Company
The Walled Garden Trading Company Limited
Waulkmill Cider/Grimbles Vinegar
Wemyss VIntage Malts
Wild Fig
William Sword
Yester Farm Dairies

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