The entire food and drink industry operates in a highly competitive environment. In the Highlands and Islands, the same environment that sets the backdrop for customers' perceptions of our produce also presents the very real challenge of physical remoteness from major markets. Combined with a relatively low population, businesses have to rise to the challenge of issues relating to transport, business regulation, staff recruitment and supply chain management.
The key opportunity lies in the strong positive perceptions of the environment of Highlands and Islands and the high quality of food and drink from the Highlands and Islands.
The Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards will be held for the twelfth time in 2016. The Awards complement the work of the Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Forum by encouraging food and drink businesses to be innovative, forward thinking and collaborative and by celebrating excellence and achievement.
Speciality & Fine Food Fair is the leading UK trade event that exclusively targets food and drink buyers from the speciality and artisan food industry. It takes place from 4th-6th September at Olympia, London.