Scotland Shines at London’s Speciality Food Show

By | Sep 13, 2010

Scottish food and drink producers were out in force promoting their food products at this year’s Speciality & Fine Food Fair at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London. The Scottish grouping dominated the entrance area with a very visual presence.

The event coincided nicely with Scotland’s Food and Drink Fortnight. This year the Scottish section was the largest ever with over 30 premium fish producers, artisan cheese companies, bakeries and breweries all looking to attract new buyers.

Taste of Arran ProducersScottish cheese continues to thrive with Connage Cheese reporting substantial interest from Harrods and other top stores. Regional consortia attending the show included Taste of Arran and Taste of Bute.

It was refreshing to see new products such as Handmade Porridge Oatcakes from the Your Piece Bakery investing in a stand and swelling the Scottish contingent.

Farmer Janet Hill from Plan Farm Smokehouse said: “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.”

The Scottish Food & Drink stand was very impressive. Against a colourful backdrop of over 30 Scottish products they provided three promotional tables which were offered in rotation to Scottish food producers who each got several hours a day to promote their wares.

Paul McLaughlin, chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink, said: “Scotland produces an abundance of high-quality, premium brands and products and the Speciality & 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.”

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