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Region’s fine food showcased in London

A select group of companies from the Highlands and Islands are among those displaying their products at the Speciality Fine Food Fair in London 3-5 September.

Showcasing from all four corners of the region under the flag of the Scottish Pavilion are: Isle of Skye Sea Salt; Orkney Creamery; Stag Bakeries of Stornoway; Walkers of Aberlour; and Great Glen Charcuterie from Spean Bridge.

Taking place at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, London, during Scottish food and Drink Fortnight, the UK’s premier trade show for high provenance premium and artisan food and drink producers will see exhibitors, buyers and visitors to the Fair over the three days.

The region’s businesses are being supported to attend as part of the Access to Markets programme run by Scotland Food and Drink (SFD) and part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Elaine Jamieson, head of food and drink at HIE, said: “The Speciality Fine Food Fair offers ambitious food and drink businesses a fantastic opportunity to showcase their products to trade buyers not just from the UK but also several international markets. It gives them exposure to different sales channels while meeting new, enthusiastic but discerning buyers, suppliers and visitors who are determined to seek out the best new flavours and tastes for their customers and clients.

“HIE is delighted to be working with our industry partners, SFD, to give businesses across our region the opportunity to attend this event and move their business on to a new level.”

Stag Bakeries has been attending the event for several years. Owner, Charlie MacDonald, said: “The Fair has become an important event within our business calendar as it provides us with the opportunity to showcase our product range and new lines to a targeted audience. This year we build on the successful innovation of our Stornoway Seaweed Water Biscuits which won Scottish champion in the 2013 Golden Fork Awards. The new Sprouting Grains range takes carefully selected grains that are allowed to sprout before being milled into flour making them highly nutritious and easier to digest.

Chris Watts, director of Isle of Skye Sea Salt, said: “We look forward to attending the Speciality Fine Food Fair which will be our second visit. The show enables us to promote our brand to potential new buyers from the UK and overseas. We are confident that the show will provide us with many leads which will help us to continue to grow our business.”

Graham Bichan, production director at Orkney Creamery, said: “We look forward to showcasing our products to a quality audience of buyers at the show once again. We continue to develop by being innovative and we have recently undergone a rebrand so this is the perfect time and place to show our products. It’s great to be able to engage face to face with key decision makers and to be part of an established and highly regarded industry event and we hope to generate more new business at Olympia.”

Stephanie Pritchard, Access to Markets Manager, Scotland Food & Drink said:

“The Fair is one of the best trade events in the calendar and we’re delighted that five food and drink companies from the Highland and Islands will be joining us on the Scotland, Land of Food and Drink Pavilion. Scotland Food & Drink have worked closely with the companies to enable them to target key trade buyers from fine food retail, catering and wholesaler sectors, who are all looking for good quality produce and provenance. It is especially fitting that the event takes place during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, the annual celebration of the people who grow, make, cook and sell Scottish produce.”

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