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Best of the north's food and drink on display in London

26 August 2010

Speciality and Fine Food Fair will welcome a host of Scottish food and drink producers to this year's event, from 5 - 7 September at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, London.

Taking place during Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, the trade show for local, regional and artisan food and drink producers will be the biggest yet with over 550 exhibitors and more than half are exhibiting for the first time.

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 and Drink Pavilion.

The themed 'Scotland Land of Food and Drink' area will showcase some of the country's wonderful natural larder products and fantastic producers.

Exhibitors include artisan cheese companies, premium fish producers, bakeries and breweries all looking to attract new buyers.

Highlands and Islands family-run business Taste of Bute, which produces distinctive smoked meat, cheese and fish in their on-farm smokehouse, is attending. "Having farmed beef and lamb for over 15 years we wanted to find a way to deliver quality, home-bred produce direct to our customers. We launched our Plan Farm Smokehouse range at Scotland's Speciality Fair in January and, as well as winning a range of awards, we have had enormous interest from the Scottish marketplace. It is now time to take the next step and we are very excited about introducing London buyers to our island produce," said farmer Janet Hill.

Paul McLaughlin, chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink said: "Scotland produces an abundance of high quality, premium brands and products and the Speciality and Fine Foods Fair offers the opportunity to promote them. This year, Scotland Food & Drink has the second biggest area in the pavilion so we are expecting a real buzz surrounding the products being showcased."

Chris Taylor, head of tourism, food and drink at HIE commented: "Speciality and fine food fair offers ambitious businesses a very real opportunity to get into new markets and win more orders. It is fantastic to see the Highlands and Islands represented at events such as this in London, and others right across the world, by such high quality businesses. HIE is delighted to be working with our industry partners, Scotland Food and Drink to make sure businesses right across our region get the most from this event."

For more information visit www.scotlandfoodanddrink.org

Notes:

  • Scotland Food and Drink is an industry-led, commercially-focused membership organisation which aims to grow the value of Scotland's food and drink sector, make it more profitable and deliver greater global success in a fiercely competitive market.
  • Its mission is to grow the industry from £10bn to £12.5bn by 2017 and its vision is to build Scotland's international reputation as 'A Land of Food and Drink'.
  • The Scotland Food and Drink Pavilion is part of a larger Access to Markets Programme supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise.

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

Argyll and the Islands

  • A Taste of Arran
  • Henshelwoods
  • Inverawe Smokehouses
  • Taste of Bute

Strathspey

  • Cairngorm Brewery Company

Inner Moray Firth

  • Connage Highland Dairy

Skye Lochaber and Wester Ross

  • Claire Macdonald's Foods

Moray

  • Walker's Shortbread Ltd
  • Moray Seafoods
  • MacLeans Highland Bakery

Outer Hebrides

  • Stag Bakeries

Orkney

  • Orkney Herring

Caithness and Sutherland

  • Berry Good

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