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Meet the Buyer event

Hotel showcases ‘Borders Rail’ food and drink

Annika Meiklejohn
Annika Meiklejohn of Tempest Brewery (photo by Terry Murden)

Food and drink companies operating along the Borders Railway corridor will showcase the best of the area’s cuisine to a wide audience of buyers from Edinburgh and across the country.  

A meet the buyer event takes place at The Balmoral Hotel on 13 June when executive chef Jeff Bland will create luxury canapés using produce from many of the 30 suppliers. 

The event will bring together for the first time suppliers based in Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh to showcase their produce to retailers, hoteliers and restaurateurs committed to using local produce.

Organised by Borders Railway Blueprint Partnership, Scotland Food & Drink and Connect Local, the event is part of a new campaign ‘Borders Rail More Connected’ to promote opportunities for businesses, investment and employment in the railway catchment area.

Lynn Mann
Lynn Mann: opportunity

Lynn Mann of Midlothian-based Supernature Oils, is among those who will be exhibiting. She said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity for me, and the other suppliers.

“The new railway has made it easier for us to take advantage of the capital’s large volume of tourists that are on our doorstep.” 

Fiona Richmond of Scotland Food & Drink said the Borders Railway investment project was helping to attract more attention from larger corporate Edinburgh-based retailers, caterers and wholesalers.

“We know from research that there is a greater consumer demand to buy and taste local produce so we’re hoping that this event will show that the area is open for business and will help to develop closer links between suppliers and buyers,” she said. 

To prepare for the meet the buyers event, suppliers will receive an intensive training day delivered by Scotland Food & Drink that will cover everything from understanding the market and consumers, to how to prepare and present to buyers.

Suppliers attending include: Borders-based – Tempest Brewery, Peelham Farm, Born in the Borders, Lilliard Gin, Broughton Ales, Three Hills Coffee, Laprig Valley. Midlothian based –Supernature Coldpress Rapeseed, Campbell Brothers Produce, James Ross & Son (Edinburgh), Macsween Of Edinburgh, Mighty Leaf Tea (Somerset Distribution UK), Stewart Brewing. Edinburgh based – Edinburgh Beer Factory, Bellfield Brewery, Ginerosity, Mademoiselle Macaroon, Mara Seaweed, Shortbread House of Edinburgh, Gusto Artisan Foods, Eteaket, Bon Accord Soft Drinks, Stoats, Mrs Unis Spicy Food, Scottish Salmon Company and Borders Distillery, Love Shortie, Mac & Wild and The Drinks Bakery.

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