The Scottish food and drink businesses celebrating Scotland’s Homecoming with specialist products
To celebrate Scotland’s Homecoming 2014, Scottish food and drink businesses have been busy creating some very special products.
From big brands to independent, craft manufacturers; Scottish food and drink businesses have a prime opportunity to showcase their products and reach new consumers in 2014.
Dornoch based Saladworx, which grows, harvests and distributes a unique mix of salad leaves, herbs and edible flowers, has developed ‘Whisky and Thistle’ – a sauce to accompany salads, haggis, cheese and meats. The sauce, developed especially for Scotland’s Homecoming 2014, brings together fine single malt Scottish whisky and natural thistle plant.
Michelle Bowley from Saladworx said: “Homecoming Scotland is a great opportunity for Scottish brands to reach a more global audience. Creating Whisky and Thistle seemed like a great opportunity to showcase our products, reach new markets and celebrate a year of great events in Scotland.”
Connage Highland Dairy
Connage Highland Diary has also created a product designed to give visitors a real taste of Scotland - ‘Whisky Dunlop’. The organic, artisan cheese has been developed based on the award winning Scottish cheddar style cheese Connage Dunlop but with the addition of Benromach whisky.
Jill Clark at Connage Highland Dairy said: “To celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014 we’ve created Whisky Dunlop – a delicious cheese with a Scottish twist! Homecoming has a great programme of events in 2014 and we wanted to get involved by creating our own product to celebate. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoyed making it!”
Walkers Shortbread is utilising Homecoming 2014 to its advantage by developing a number of products celebrating Scotland’s history. The Gleneagles Shortbread Assortment pictures the location for the 2014 Ryder Cup in the specially created tin. Another pack celebrates the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, with Robert Bruce, King of Scots on the packaging. Each product’s packaging also features a special Homecoming Scotland badge with the Saltire.
Taste of Arran
A local consortium of ten producers from the Isle of Arran have been keen to ensure Arran and its products are well represented throughout 2014. With Arran produce featuring at Live, the Commonwealth Games and last week’s Ryder Cup.
Alastair Dobson, Managing Director of Arran Dairies Ltd, commented: “2014 has been a fantastic year for Taste of Arran and we have been delighted to work in partnership with VisitArran and Golf on Arran to ensure the island is able to capitalise on all the opportunities available during 2014. We had fantastic feedback on our products following the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and have worked hard with HIE and Scotland Food and Drink to make as many connections and build networks for the future.”
Anna Allan, Head of 2014 Events Team at Highlands and Islands Enterprise said: “Food and drink is a vital sector for the Highlands and Islands economy, generating a turnover of more than £1 billion and supporting around 26,000 jobs across the region. Homecoming Scotland 2014 really is an outstanding platform for our producers to present the region’s natural larder, make contacts and increase exposure to reap the long term economic benefit from Scotland hosting these world class events. With the 2015 Year of Food and Drink just round the corner, there will be further opportunities to build on the momentum of 2014, and showcase our world-class produce to international visitors and media from around the globe.”
About Homecoming Scotland 2014
Scotland welcomes the world for Homecoming Scotland 2014! The year-long programme of events will celebrate the very best of Scotland’s food and drink, our breath-taking scenery, and our rich creativity, culture and ancestral heritage. We invite you to come and experience a place where everyone feels at home!