Fife showcase for food and drink exports
Published: Friday 06 Oct 2017 by Fife Council
Fife’s food and drink producers are pitching their products to key international buyers from around the world during a gastronomic tour of the Kingdom.
As part of Showcasing Scotland - an event regarded as the most important date in the food and drink calendar- international buyers visited Fife this week to sample some fantastic, quality products.
The purpose of the visit was for Fife Council to show buyers the origins of products and to significantly further the reach and impact of Fife’s food and drink sector.
The buyers visited the St Andrews Brewing Company, Bowhouse (East Neuk of Fife), and Lindores Distillery to sample produce from Canmore Brewery, New Alliance, Kingsbarns Distillery, Eden Mill, Jannettas Gelateria, The Very Lovely Sauce Company, Mr.C's Hand-Crafted Pies Ltd, The Little Herb Farm Ltd, Minick of St Andrews and The Langoustine Box. Delegates also had the chance to sample a lunch cooked by Masterchef Jamie Scott, The Newport Restaurant.
Cllr Altany Craik, Convener of the Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “We are delighted to be showcasing some of our outstanding food and drink businesses from across Fife. Trading outside of Scotland and overseas can open up a mass of opportunities.
“Showcasing Scotland is shining a spotlight Fife, and this is a great opportunity for some of our most innovative, established and emerging food and drink manufacturers. Fife has a thriving tourism industry and agriculture, fishing and drinks industries are big business for the local economy. There is also significant potential to develop the food and drink sector and we are highlighting investment areas / gaps in the sector where Fife Council could assist, support the supply chain and better connect businesses.”
Cllr Craik added: “Food and drink is a key sector for the Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross and North East Fife economies. A number of proposed projects are being progressed within the Tay Cities Deal that will build on the cluster of universities, colleges and research bodies, such as James Hutton Institute and SRUC (Scotland's Rural College), to drive forward innovation and support SME’s to grow and develop.”
Fife Council has also commissioned a capability study and will have an action plan and food and drink strategy for Fife by the start of 2018.
The buyers coming to Fife include Performance Food Group Company (PFG), which markets and distributes around 150,000 food and related products over the United States, Wyer Marketing, Scottish Development International Canada, UNFI, the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods in the United States & Canada.
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