Issued by Scotland Food and Drink
The flagship event is delivered by the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership, which includes the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International.
Following on from the successful inaugural Showcasing Scotland event in 2014, Perth and Kinross Council’s inward investment campaign are supporting the event – and this backing comes as they continue the promotion of Perth Food and Drink Park as the site enters the next stage and bespoke units are developed ready for occupation.
Scotland’s food and drink industry has surpassed £14bn for the first time, on track to achieve a value of £16.5bn by 2017. Within Perth and Kinross, the annual turnover of the food and drink sector is estimated at £280m and there are in the region of 130 companies in the processing sector.
James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “Perthshire provides a great location for the event thanks to the heritage and strength of the industry in the region.
With an estimated £20M new business projected over the next three years as a result of last year’s event, we’re confident participating companies and the sector as a whole will benefit from Showcasing Scotland.”
Councillor John Kellas, Convener of Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee at Perth and Kinross Council, said: “It is hugely exciting for the new Food and Drink Park to be involved in this landmark event for an industry that is of such significance to the area.
“With a heritage of world famous whisky, some of the finest beef and venison produce and artisan suppliers, we have identified food and drink as an area of outstanding growth and have committed substantial investment into helping businesses in this sector through the creation of Perth Food and Drink Park.”
Perth Food and Drink Park - representing a £5m investment by Perth and Kinross Council - provides up to 11 serviced development plots across a 16 acre high quality and easily accessible site at North Muirton, to the north of the city.
The site has been specifically designed to create a hub for the all aspects of the food and drink industry in Scotland to thrive, and is aimed at attracting inward investment, as well as expansion opportunities for existing and start-up businesses.
It is predicted that the site – the first dedicated hub of its kind in Scotland - could sustain up to 400 jobs once fully occupied.