Global buyers to sample Highlands and Islands food and drink

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Twenty-one food and drink businesses from the Highlands and Islands – including Stag Bakery from Lewis – 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 today and tomorrow (July 21st & 22nd) 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.

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.

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.”

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.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.

Amanda Brown, industry development director at Scotland Food & Drink, commented: “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.”