SCOTLAND’S SPECIALITY FOOD SHOW HAS FIRST EVER AWARD WINNERS FOR PRODUCTS
25 Jan 2013
After three successful days Scotland’s Speciality Food Show has ended with a host of award-winning products and highly popular seminars from top industry specialists. Most exhibitors were delighted with the number and type of buyers attending.
Against a background of tough economic times the Show suffered from bad weather around the UK, with heavy snow in the Borders and the north east preventing many buyers from attending. However despite all this, confidence at the Show was good with a high quality of buyers, many placing orders or serious interest, and all welcoming the new initiatives that helped create an even better buying atmosphere.
The new Best Product Awards were judged on the opening day with a very high quality and number of entries. Judged by food experts Richard Bath, editor of Scottish Field
magazine and restaurant critic for Scotland on Sunday,
and Peter Brown, co-owner of Berits and Brown chain of delicatessens, the awards gave a significant boost to winners who reported a big surge in interest in their products from buyers.
There were four categories – Confectionery, Biscuits & Snacks was won by Reids of Caithness for its Maple & Pecan Bites; Drinks was won by Fior Fruit Merchants for its Pear & Apple Drink; Chilled & Frozen was won by Corrigan’s Pies for its Breakfast Pie; and Condiments and Preserves was won by Cherry Tree Preserves for its Spicy Tomato & Caramelised Onion Chutney.
Richard Bath commented: “The standard of products was good and we were pleased to see so many innovative food and drink goods. The Chilled & Frozen entries were particularly high-quality which made judging very hard. It is encouraging to see that originality and innovation are so prevalent here at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show.”
Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, (right) visited the Show on the Sunday and was very impressed with the quality and range of Scottish goods on offer. He talked to exhibitors and retailers about how keen the Scottish Government is to encourage and support small businesses.
New to the Show was a seminar theatre where industry experts gave presentations on opening a shop or online business, using Twitter to increase business, how to succeed on today’s high street and local promotions and increasing local business. The keynote speech was given by Visit Scotland Chairman Mike Cantlay on The Impact of tourism on retail in 2013 and beyond.
Mike Cantlay said: “2013 is going to be a tough year for tourism, but there are great opportunities too. This is the Year of Natural Scotland and in 2014, Scotland will welcome the world with an astounding year of events and activities including the second year of Homecoming, the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.
“I wanted to visit this particular trade fair to express the importance of our retail industry and its supply base of strong Scottish manufacturers. It is often forgotten that in striving to increase our tourism spend, that attracting visitors to spend more in our shops is a key area we must exploit.
“Every stand holder at the fair today relies on tourism to some extent. I wanted to express my gratitude for all that they do, and instil confidence that in working together we can achieve growth in the coming years.”
The layout for Scotland’s Speciality Food Show, which is run in conjunction with Scotland’s Trade Fair, was completely revamped and was widely welcomed by buyers and exhibitors. The Food Show is now located at the rear of the Hall with a new Launch Gallery for innovative companies under two years old. Here companies such as Chillilicious, Saladworx, Hebridean Sea Salt, Kwan’s Kitchen and Mo’s Cookie Dough had a great platform to launch their products.
Sue Montgomery of Ardardan Estate farm shop, garden centre and cafe said: “There are so many excellent companies that it’s hard to get round them all. Not only do most of the products taste delicious but their packaging is eye-catching and contemporary which appeals to today’s customers.”
Mark Saunders, Director of Springboard Events who runs the Show said: “There is no escaping that times are tough economically and coupled with the bad weather of the last few days across the country, certain buyers were unable to attend. However, those that did were delighted with the new layout, the quality and range of products and the new Seminar Theatre attracted some new buyers who found these presentations interesting and helpful in expanding their businesses.
“Those who were unable to come have been sent the Show programme and will hopefully contact exhibitors independently.”
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Best Product Award winners:
Confectionery, Biscuits & Snacks
Winner Reids of Caithness Maple & Pecan Bites
Runner Up Lauden Chocolates Printed Chocolates
Highly Commended The Fine Cheese Co Toasts for Cheese
Highly Commended Gardiners of Scotland The Broons Fudge
Winner Fior Fruit Merchants Pear & Apple Drink
Runner Up Eteaket Earl Grey Tea
Chilled and Frozen
Winner Corrigans Pies Breakfast Pie
Runner Up Great Glen Game Venison Salami
Highly Commended The Orkney Creamery Frozen Yoghurt
Highly Commended Normande Distribution Tomme d’Abondance Cheese
Condiments and Preserves
Winner Cherry Tree Preserves Spicy Tomato & Caramelised Onion Chutney
Runner Up Saladworx Hebridean Seaweed & Lime Marinade
Highly Commended Cochrane Cottage Fat Free Hot & Sweet Drizzle
Highly Commended Little Doone Sweet Balsamic Dressing With Arran Malt Whisky
Note to Editors:
Scotland’s Speciality Food Show– 22-24 January 2012, SECC, Glasgow
Scotland’s Trade Fairs
Organised by Springboard Events - Tel: 01877 385772
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Posted: 20/01/2013 11:54:28 by Tracy Reid