'Most important trade event'
Food and drink sector descends on Gleneagles
James Withers: most important trade event (photo by Terry Murden)
Scotland’s food and drink industry will be showcased to the world this week when more than 150 global buyers from 18 countries descend on Gleneagles.
Showcasing Scotland is an opportunity to bring together producers and decision makers at a speed-dating style networking opportunity.
Last held in 2015, the event attracted over 130 buyers from around the world, resulting in more thn £33 million of new business over the course of the event. This year’s event has drawn 145 producers.
James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “Showcasing Scotland is the most important trade event in our industry’s calendar.
“It is a truly unique and outstanding opportunity for a number of our most innovative, established and emerging food and drink manufacturers.
“Beyond the commercial opportunity, the event will showcase Scotland’s credentials as a Land of Food and Drink to key UK and global decision makers.
“Based on previous years, this year looks set to continue the momentum for our industry and the scale now truly reflects our ambition to more than double the size of our sector to £30 billion by 2030.”
Susan Beattie, head of food & drink at Scottish Development International, said: “This event has a track record of delivering results for Scottish companies and buyers from UK and international markets.
“This year we have 100 international buyers attending, a direct result of the relationships established by the Scotland Food & Drink team of in-market specialists.
“We have delivered an intensive programme of support to help Scottish companies make the most of the opportunity and are anticipating a significant increase in international business as a result.”
Showcasing Scotland is run by Scotland Food & Drink and Scottish Development International and is supported by Perth & Kinross Council.