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Scotland’s Speciality Food Show reported a successful event, with an increase in attendance figures up 4% on 2018. The 151 exhibitors showcased the best of Scottish produce and regions including Argyll, Fife, Orkney and Shetland were all represented.
Talks and workshops in the Talking Shop Theatre proved popular, as did the Best Product Awards. Speciality Food editor Holly Shackleton co-judged Nessie’s Den, a session dedicated to startups pitching to industry experts.
Andrew Firth from Herbie of Edinburgh, who judged the Best Product Awards commented, “The range and mix of products from established to embryonic producers blew us away and it is so encouraging to see the quality of the products and the great way they are presented. Consumers, and therefore buyers, are more discerning than ever about how and where their food and drink is produced, which is definitely reflected at this show.”
Show director Mark Saunders said, “Scotland’s Speciality Food Show has grown consistently since it was launched in 2009. This year, the show attracted 151 suppliers and was the best balanced show in terms of content with a broad representation from all the main food and drink product categories. Five regional food groups now support the show with more looking to join in the future. More stands have already been built into the show to absorb the expected rise in demand from food and drink suppliers seeking to exploit the opportunities the show offers.”