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100 food and drink buyers visit suppliers across the country on Showcasing Scotland field to fork tours

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 Industry news,Scotland Food and Drink news

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Buyers from all over the world took part in field to fork tours in five regions across Scotland. The tours, three of which have been supported by Angus, Fife and Perth & Kinross Councils, aim to immerse buyers in Scotland’s food and drink industry, visiting producers across all sectors before two full days of pre-scheduled business meetings between national and international buyers and Scottish suppliers.

Showcasing Scotland 2019 offers Scottish suppliers global opportunities with buyers coming from some of the world’s biggest markets, including; China, USA, Europe, the Middle East and Japan, who will all attend alongside major UK supermarkets, catering and hospitality chains.

Buyers from all over the world took part in the brewing and distilling tour, supported by Invest in Perth, a Perth & Kinross Council initiative. During the tour, attendees were given the chance to meet various local producers at a range of breweries and distilleries, including the Inveralmond Brewery, which produces and exports beers around the globe, 71 Brewing and the St Andrews Brewing Company in Dundee, and Lindores Abbey Distillery.

A Fife field-to-fork tour was supported by Fife Council’s Invest in Fife and showcase a flavour of Fife and took buyers along the coastal path of Fife, visiting companies with a world-famous reputation across a host of industries. From Fife’s only cheese-making farm at St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese to the historic Lindores Abbey distillery, the tour gave attendees the chance to uncover the top quality, wide ranging produce Fife has to offer.

The innovation & farming field to fork tour, supported by Business Angus, demonstrate to buyers from across the world a number of innovative farming enterprises. During the tour, attendees were given the chance to meet various local producers including the team at Simon Howie in Dunning before heading to Angus to visit innovative distillers Arbikie, who plant, sow, tend and harvest the fields that make up their spirits.

Cllr Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee at Fife Council, said: “There’s significant potential to further develop the food and drink sector and as a council, we’re very keen to support the supply chain and better connect businesses. We’re delighted to be able to help local businesses showcase their produce.

“We’re committed to building on Fife’s strengths and work with national agencies, including Scotland Food & Drink, to promote Fife’s food and drink capability.

“Fife has developed a Food and Drink Action Plan to ensure that business support is available from Fife Council and its partners to ensure that Fife Food and Drink companies – of all sizes – are supported.”

Angus Council Leader, Cllr David Fairweather, said: “Angus region has a high-profile food culture, with excellent promotion prospects to develop the supply chain and better connect business opportunities. The Business Angus team works closely with a number of local food and drink producers and fully supports the Scottish Government’s ambition to double the size of the industry to £30 billion by 2030. 

“The Business Angus team are supporting local businesses that have international ambition and acting as a vital conduit between Angus and International markets. We are delighted to help Angus businesses showcase their world-class produce through the support of Scotland Food & Drink and SDI and are committed to providing support and guidance as Angus Council.”

Perth & Kinross Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Convener, Councillor Angus Forbes, said: “The diversity and strength of the food and drink sector in our area is something to be proud of and this is a valuable opportunity for local businesses to highlight their excellent, high-quality products in a global marketplace. I wish all the firms participating in Showcasing Scotland a very successful event.”

Showcasing Scotland 2019 offers three days of events, designed to tell the story of Scotland’s larder, help build new trade relationships and secure future business.

Every category of the Scottish food and drink industry will be represented: salmon and seafood; whisky, spirits and craft ale; meat; bakery; dairy; produce and premium grocery. Many of Scotland’s largest food and drink brands and emerging producers will attend. 

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “This is the most important trade event that we do in our sector.  Showcasing Scotland is a fantastic opportunity for Scotland’s food and drink suppliers, and we’re delighted to be back at Gleneagles, bigger and better than before.

“Scotland punches above its weight in terms of food and drink exports, accounting for almost 30% of the UK total and worth over £6 billlion a year. Our food and drink industry has a growing global reputation for quality and, over the next few days, we can convert that status into sales.

“This is an opportunity drive Scottish food and drink sales across the UK but it is also an enormous export opportunity. We’ll be welcoming our friends from across Europe into Scotland this week as well as from elsewhere in the world.  Brexit is a reminder of how we must continue to sell a broader range of products to a broader range of markets.  This is critical to achieve our ambition of a £30 billion sector by 2030.”

For further information on Showcasing Scotland, please visit: www.showcasingscotland.com

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