November 23, 2009, 11:00 am

Scotland’s premier food trade show is taking place from 24-26 January 2010 at the SECC in Glasgow and the organisers say it will be bigger and better than ever before.

The premier Scottish food trade show is set to be bigger and better for 2010 with more stands, more visitors and a new seminar theatre.

Scotland’s Speciality Food Show, which takes place from 24-26 January 2010, is introducing a new seminar theatre, called Great Taste Live. This will include a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type event where producers try to sell in their products to a panel of leading food retailers, as well as a selection of seminars from industry experts on food retailing related issues. This is already a successful initiative at the Harrogate Speciality Food Show and will be adapted for Scotland’s Speciality Food Show.

Scotland’s Speciality Food Show is run jointly by The Guild of Fine Food and Springboard Events and runs side by side with the country’s biggest non-food gift exhibition, Scotland’s Trade Fair, giving buyers of premium foods and giftware a huge range of stands to visit.

The Food Show is the number one showcase for fine food and drinks for Scotland and the north of England with exhibitors displaying a huge range of interesting and innovative products from oils to oatcakes and teas to fresh meat. It attracts retailers from farm shops, delis, fine food shops, butchers and tourist shops from all over the north of the UK, as well as many from the catering industry.

Mark Saunders from Springboard Events says: “Fine food shops in Scotland have largely managed to keep sales steady or grow over the last year. This show provides the perfect platform for them to see a huge array of exciting products under one roof and expand their product range in line with customer demand. With the added benefit of the Seminar Theatre we expect next January’s show to be bigger and better than ever before.”

Catriona Farquharson from Finzean Estate Farm Shop in Aberdeenshire said of the 2009 Show: “I was so encouraged to see many new, quality products, many of which are produced in Scotland, and are what our customers demand. Coupled with being able to stock up on old favourites it is a first-class show. We think customers are becoming more discerning in their taste and where they shop, shunning the mass market uniformity of the supermarkets, which is encouraging news for the likes of us.”

The Show is also a favourite for restaurateurs and caterers who are able to source more exciting and unusual products, such as Mama Teas, speciality teas for pregnant women.

Sallie James from the Guild of Fine Food adds: “Scotland is renowned for its speciality food and it’s encouraging to see this sector is still faring well. Stands are selling fast which demonstrates the strength of the quality food market.”


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