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Best of Highlands and Islands Food and Drink on display in London

06 September 2013

Six food and drink producers from across the Highlands and Islands are preparing to take their place at one of the biggest exhibitions of the year this weekend.

Scotland Food & Drink is running the Scottish Pavilion at the Speciality Fine Food Fair at London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre from 8-10 September.

Taking place during Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, the trade show for local, regional and artisan food and drink producers and gives them the opportunity to show their produce to 8,300 trade buyers.

The Fair has been the premier event in the industry for 13 years and is where top retail, foodservice and wholesale buyers source new fine food and drink products from the best suppliers in Britain and Europe.

As part of the Access to Markets programme, part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the North’s businesses will be amongst those displaying their products at the Scotland Food & Drink Pavilion.

The programme is a partnership between the private and public sectors and delivered by Scotland Food and Drink. Highlands and Islands Enterprise lead the public sector input on behalf of Scotland, ensuring greater collaboration across the public sector to support the food and drink industry.

The following Highlands and Islands businesses will be showcasing their products in the Scotland Food and Drink pavilion:

Walkers Shortbread
Stag Bakery
Great Glen Game
Inverawe Smokehouse
Hebridean Sea Salt

Stornoway run business, Stag Bakeries which exports its award winning products internationally will be attending the event this weekend. Owner Charlie Macdonald, said: "We are really looking forward to attending Speciality Fine Food Fair 2013. This year we have been awarded the top 3 star gold award at the Great Taste Awards for our seaweed water biscuit and shortlisted in the top 50 overall out of nearly 10,000 entries. The top awards including supreme champion will be announced on Monday night and we are delighted to be in the running for this. The publicity generated from this accolade is guaranteed to mean that it will be a busy show for us.”

"It is now time to take the next step in our development and we are very excited about introducing the Stag brand and unique products to those attending. We would like to thank HIE and Scotland Food & Drink for their support over the last few years."

Chris Taylor, head of tourism, food and drink at HIE commented: "The Speciality and Fine Food Fair is the flagship event of the year for artisan and speciality food and drink producers. It offers a real opportunity to gain access to new markets and win more orders. It is fantastic to see the Highlands and Islands businesses representing a third of the businesses on the Scottish Pavilion at events such as this in London by such high quality businesses – and all of which are account managed by HIE. HIE is delighted to be working with our industry partners, Scotland Food and Drink to make sure our businesses get the most from this event."

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