22 June 2017

Showcasing Scotland deadline fast approaching

Food And Drink 2017

Showcasing Scotland 2017 provides a spotlight on Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce to consumers from within Scotland and also from overseas.

Once again, this event will take place on 3 to 4 October in Gleneagles, Perthshire. Previously, Showcasing Scotland attracted over 130 buyers from around the world who met with 100 Scottish producers and held over 1,200 meetings. Over £35m of new business was negotiated by companies from artisan start-ups to larger manufacturers from a range of sectors.

The main ingredients of this successful event are:

  • One to one ‘Meet the Buyer’ sessions between pre-agreed producers and buyers to build new trading relationships
  • A showcase displaying the finest Scottish food and drink products
  • Networking dinner at Gleneagles Hotel
  • Buyer drinks reception and visits arranged with local producers

Elaine Jamieson, head of food and drink at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), said: “Registrations are already open so we would encourage any food and drink company in the region to ensure they register before the deadline.

“The show demonstrates that this type of one-to-one Meet the Buyer event really does deliver for both Scottish businesses and our customers in the UK and overseas. For companies, the access to international buyers is hugely valuable, but this is now a major UK market event too and we are expecting a huge interest this year.”

Workshops will be held at three locations in the region prior to the event to help companies prepare for ‘Meet the Buyer’. This will ensure companies are fully equipped to maximise the opportunity and have a greater chance of securing business.

The workshops will cover global trends, understanding consumers, identifying market opportunities, pitching, plus additional support available, and will be held on 12 July in Inverness, 18 July in Oban, and 19 July in Orkney.

The event is being organised by Scottish Development International and Scotland Food and Drink with support from HIE and Scottish Government, Seafood Scotland and others.

Showcasing Scotland closes for registration on Friday 30 June and registration is at http://www.showcasingscotland.com/register/