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California deal for Scots firms

Hollywood gets a taste of Scotland

Rich Ferranda: ‘our customers are discerning buyers’


Hollywood’s celebrity set may get a chance to taste the best of Scotland after 12 Scottish businesses secured listings with a California-based retailer.

The dozen companies will have a guaranteed two-month deal to sell their products at gourmet and speciality food business Bristol Farms stores across the state.

The Scottish produce was launched to customers at its Beverly Hills store at a special event attended by representatives of Bristol Farms, Scottish Development International and grocery importer Atalanta Corporation.

Mackays preserves, Eden Mill gin and Dawnfresh Loch Etive trout are among the Scottish firms benefiting from the deal facilitated by the Scotland Food & Drink Export Partnership’s in-market specialists as part of its food and drink Export Plan.

Emma Harcus, international senior manager for trade and investment at SDI, commented: “This Scottish Showcase with Bristol Farms is a tremendous opportunity in a priority market for Scotland.

“It continues to add to the success stories that demonstrate the value of having in-market specialists in priority markets, who are developing relationships and opportunities by working in partnership with key retailers and importers to showcase the best food and drink that Scotland has to offer.”

James Withers headScotland Food & Drink’s chief executive, James Withers (right) added: “It is really exciting to see some of Scotland’s finest food and drink reaching shoppers in California and is another sign of the transformation happening in our food and drink sector. 

“The investment we’ve made putting trade specialists in key cities around the world is really paying off.  It means a dairy farmer in Argyll getting up at 5am this morning to do the milking can see the results of that effort on supermarket shelves in Beverly Hills.

“We want to see Scottish produce promoted here, but going global is a huge part of the future of our industry.

“It will be key to achieving our ambition to double the size of the food and drink sector to £30 billion by 2030.  There is a growing appetite in the US for premium produce with strong provenance credentials, so it is the perfect time for Scottish producers to take advantage and we’ll keep putting support in place to make it happen.”

Rich Ferranda, category manager for Bristol Farms, said: “We are delighted to feature Scotland in Bristol Farms’ ‘Foods Around the World’ programme. Across the store, for the next two months, we are featuring the best Scotland has to offer in seafood, dairy, bakery, specialty grocery, spirits and beer, including five Scottish cheeses.

“Our customers are discerning buyers and we look to offer produce that have provenance and story as well as a great taste.

“With cheeses such as Mull of Kintyre, Orkney and Connage, we can offer a range of cheese styles and flavours along with accompaniments such as chutneys and smoked salmon.

“We have welcomed the support provided by Scottish Development International and partners in making this happen.”

Full list of Scottish businesses now listed by Bristol Farms:

First Milk Mull of Kintyre extra mature cheddar

Connage Highland Cheese

The Island Smokery, Orkney Smokey Red cheddar, Whisky cheddar and Beer flavoured Cheddar

Lactalis McLelland Old Edinburgh mature cheddar

Macleans highland bakery- range of oatcakes and sweet biscuits and cookies

Mackays range of preserves and chutneys

Mackies of Taypack – range of potato chips including haggis

Eden Mill gin

Bellhaven beer

Dawnfresh Loch Etive trout

Buchanan clotted cream fudge

Walkers shortbread

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