9/5/2023 8:28:04 AM
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Refresh your food and drink shelves with new brands and innovative ranges which are exhibiting at the newly named Speciality Food & Drink Show from 21-23 Jan 2024 at the SEC, Glasgow. Run in conjunction with Scotland’s Trade Show this is the principal buying arena for fine food and drink north of the border.
Entrepreneurship is alive and well in Scottish food and drink with the Show’s Launch Gallery for new, young companies almost full. With a wide range of products from dips to oat milk, coffee to hemp, this central zone features companies such as Pochle (Incholm Distilling), MYXD Scottish Cocktails, Little Birdie Coffee, Three Robins oat milk and the D!P club among the many launch exhibitors.
Now with many of the producers doing both food and drink, the Show has updated its name to reflect this. This is expected to attract even more innovative drinks producers from soft drinks to spirits.
As the only fine food trade show in Scotland in 2024, this will be a key place for farm shops, delis, tourist shops, cafes, restaurants and fine food shops to seek out new products and taste and re-connect with existing suppliers.
Overseas visitors have been in short supply during the last few years but with a weak pound and all areas open to travel again, hospitality venues and tourist outlets across Scotland are seeing these tourists return in their droves. Many are having to re-stock regularly which bodes well for suppliers and the Speciality Food & Drink Show.
Mark Saunders, Show Director, says: “It is clear that trade shows play a key part in the buying programme for food shops, hospitality and retail outlets. They want to meet the suppliers face to face, look, feel and taste the products and ensure they are sourcing the best stock for their shops. This Show offers this in a creative and welcoming environment and so attracts a wide range of suppliers. Our Show in January promises to offer innovative, delicious products and a host of added extras to interest buyers. Make sure the date is firmly in your diary!”
Scotland’s regions are renowned for their produce and there will be several regional food and drink stands, including a large one from Orkney.
Callum Nimmo, Tesco local food buyer said of the Show: “I was blown away by the variety of suppliers that were exhibiting at the Specialty Food & Drink Show. I found it particularly interesting speaking to owners and brand ambassadors to learn about their company and products straight from the source and to hear their ambitions for the future. I would highly recommend the event to any buyer in the food industry as there is something to inspire everyone.”
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