The event enabled producers to network, build relationships and secure future business contracts with national and international buyers.
There were 145 Scottish companies in all, along with 150 national and international exporters looking for Scottish products to enhance their offering.
Scottish companies that took part in the 2016 Showcasing Scotland event predicted increased sales of over £33 million from the new connections established. This year participating businesses are looking to exceed that figure.
Elaine Jamieson, HIE’s head of food and drink, said: “The food and drink sector in the Highlands and Islands is characterised by traditional and innovative high quality products. These businesses also show outstanding commitment to customers, staff, the region and the environment. Showcasing Scotland offers businesses a fantastic opportunity to showcase their products to buyers from all over the world.”
Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, said: “Scotland’s food and drink sector is one of the cornerstones of our economy and culture, and its quality is globally renowned. We want more of our food and drink businesses to sell more to growing markets at home and abroad in order to achieve the industry’s ambitions of doubling turnover by 2030.
“Enabling producers to engage with key buyers is fundamental to achieving that ambition and Showcasing Scotland has a track record of doing just that and delivering results for our 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.
The event was organised by Scottish Development International and Scotland Food & Drink with support from HIE and Scottish Government.
Highlands and Islands firms that took part:
Angels' Nectar Whisky; Argo's Bakery; Ashers; Associated Seafoods Ltd; Cairngorm Brewery; Colonsay Beverages Ltd; Connage Highland Dairy; Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd; Fyne Ales; Isle of Barra; Oysters; Loch Duart Ltd; Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd; Loch Ness Water Ltd; Mac Millan Foods/Kintyre; Smokehouse ltd.; Macleans Highland Bakery Ltd; Made in Scotland; Meatsnacks Group Ltd; Moray Distillery Ltd; R&B Distillers Limited; Reids of Caithness; Spey Valley Brewery; Stag; Stockans Oatcakes Ltd; Taste of Arran; The Islay Boys Ltd; The Scottish Salmon Company; The Walled Garden; Trading Company Ltd; Walkers Shortbread Limited; Windswept Brewing Co; WooHa Brewing; Company; Orkney Distilling Limited.