WITH exports growing higher due to the weak pound, as well as a thriving home market, the Scottish food and drink sector has reached record turnover, according to the Scottish Government.
This month, retailers who take food seriously have a chance to meet some of the artisan producers and specialist distributors who are making the sector one of the most successful in the country.
At the centre of the show is the Launch Gallery, for young, innovative companies selected for their originality and quality, including Dukkah Delights, a Scottish Company launch Egyptian Dukkah for the first time; Tartanice luxury Scottish ice cream, and Sri Spice, hand-made curry kits from Fife.
They will be joined at the show by a number of new exhibitors, including: Tracklements pickles and chutneys; Orkney Distilling, with its new gin; Franklin & Son artisan soft drinks; Mhor Bread – artisan bread and cakes from Perthshire; McQueen Gin from Perthshire; Island Bakery from Skye with delicious biscuits and cakes, and Perthshire Preserves.
Together with established exhibitors such as Crystals Shortbread, Little Doone Foods, Stewart Tower Dairy, Poporopo Popcorn, Orkney Food and Drink, Stoats Porridge Bars and Great Glen Charcuterie, food outlets, both retail and catering, will be able to source many delicious and interesting products.
Katy Rodgers from Knockraich Farm Shop and Café said: “I found many great new products and it’s so encouraging to see the quality of the products at the show improve so dramatically.”
Scotland’s Speciality Food Show director Mark Saunders said: “With many food retailers reporting a buoyant summer season, we are hoping for a good attendance and strong orders. We are now firmly established as one of the top food and drink buying arenas and we aim to make that buying experience as easy, efficient and inspiring as possible – this year will not disappoint.”