Riverside Inverclyde supports growing food and drink sector as demand for locally sourced products increases

Above: The Showcasing Scotland Event at Gleneagles in October 2017. Pic: Tim Edgeler

Riverside Inverclyde (ri) is working in partnership with industry leadership organisation, Scotland Food & Drink, to support the growing food and drink sector in the West of Scotland as a project partner of ‘Showcasing Scotland – West’.

Small and medium sized food and drink businesses have the opportunity to grow their business and showcase their products to buyers from hotels, restaurants, farm shops and delicatessens across the region at Hampden Park, Glasgow on 7 March 2018.

Connect Local, the Scottish Government food and drink advisory service, has developed a programme that will provide support and advice for food and drink businesses. The free workshops will cover branding, supply chain and sales support for those looking to develop their commercial capabilities ahead of the event.

A recent survey conducted by Scotland Food & Drink found that 68% of consumers said they value local sourcing and almost half said that they plan to buy more local food and drink in the future.

Andrew Bowman, Head of Business Investment at ri, commented:

“The ambitious growth target to double the food and drink sector to £30bn by 2030 offers existing and future Inverclyde manufacturers numerous opportunities.  The launch of ‘Taste Inverclyde’ by Riverside Inverclyde on 28 November 2017 is to help facilitate and stimulate the sector locally, to deliver collaborative projects and ensure Inverclyde capitalises over the next decade. Our partnership with Scotland Food and Drink and the Showcasing Scotland team is a critical piece of the jigsaw in achieving our aims and we look forward to building a collaborative and successful relationship together.”

Caroline Wengel, West of Scotland Business Development Manager at Scotland Food & Drink, commented:

“We are delighted to welcome Riverside Inverclyde as a project partner for Showcasing Scotland – West. The event will bring together the exceptional food and drink companies in the West with buyers from hotels, restaurants, delis and farm shops and provide the tools and opportunities to help grow sales on a local and regional level. It is a fantastic platform to broaden the range and diversity of Scottish produce available in local markets across the West of Scotland.”

The one-day, ‘meet the buyer’ regional Showcasing Scotland events have been developed by industry leaders Scotland Food & Drink, in partnership with the Scottish Government.  

For more information and online registration, visit: www.showcasing.scot.

To attend the launch of Taste Inverclyde, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/taste-inverclyde-food-and-drink-launch-tickets-39879509687


About Showcasing Scotland regional events:

The series of Showcasing Scotland regional events will bring together regional buyers, producers and suppliers at unique ‘meet the buyer’ events held in regions across Scotland throughout 2018/19, starting with Showcasing Scotland – West on 7th March 2018 at Hampden Park, Glasgow.

The one-day event will help grow the sales of local and regional food and drink by making introductions as easy as possible through the successful 'speed-dating' style of event, where one-to-one meetings can be pre-arranged, as well as an afternoon exhibition.

Connect Local, the Scottish Government’s food and drink marketing advisory service, will provide a series of free to attend workshops for businesses in the West to help develop commercial capability ahead of the event.

WEST – Hampden Park, Glasgow,7th March 2018; TAYSIDE – Dundee May 2018; HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS – Inverness Sep 2018; EAST – Edinburgh, Feb 2019; NORTH EAST – Aberdeen, May 2019; HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS – TBC, Jun 2019

About Scotland Food & Drink:

Scotland Food & Drink is the membership organisation tasked with driving responsible growth through collaborative partnership between public sector and its member companies. Working with The Scotland Food & Drink Partnership, we aim to double the value of the country's farming, fishing, food and drink industry to £30 billion by 2030 and to cement Scotland’s reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

Established in 2007, Scotland Food & Drink brings all the industry associations– from farmers and fishermen to manufacturers – together with the key public-sector agencies. Together, we work in a spirit of collaboration and partnership to develop the economic growth strategy for the industry, which Government and public-sector agencies align their support behind.

The SF&D Partnership is increasingly recognised across the rest of the UK and internationally as a model to follow. The partnership between industry and government forged through SF&D has been integral to success and is recognised as key to food and drink moving from being a sector of static growth in 2007, to one of the best performing sectors of the Scottish economy.



Ellis Allan, Marketing & Communications Officer, Scotland Food & Drink: ellis@foodanddrink.scot, 0131 335 0943 / 07798 928 144

About Connect Local:

Funded by the Scottish Government and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, Connect Local is a free advisory service for local food and drink businesses in Scotland. By encouraging promotion, access to markets and collaborative working, the service aims to support the continued growth of the local food and drink sector.

The service will be delivered by the expert industry partnership of SAC Consulting, SAOS, Scotland Food & Drink and Seafood Scotland. Find out more by visiting www.connectlocal.scot 

Workshop dates:
‘Supply Savvy’
- Wednesday 24th January 2018, Paisley and Thursday 25th January 2018, Hamilton

‘Selling for Success’ - Wednesday 7th February 2018, Glasgow City Centre

Published - 17 November 2017