The Excellence Summit

We are excited to announce The Excellence Summit, a powerhouse event merging together our annual industry conference and coveted Excellence Awards. A day and night of networking, insight and celebration you won’t want to miss. 

Oct 09, 2024

Conferences & seminars

An unmissable event for our industry 

Whether you're a fresh-faced start-up or an established industry leader, join us for a day of enlightenment and an evening of celebration, as we raise a toast to the past year's achievements and ignite the flames of innovation for years to come. 

Please note, this event is in place of our usual Spring Conference and September Excellence Awards.


Success Strategies for Sustainable Growth – Your Industry Conference 

During the day, we’ve ramped up our conference agenda and introduced a new format, so you can get the most out of the sessions on offer. This year, we’ll be focused on discussing success strategies for sustainable growth.  

Engage with dynamic sessions covering economic insights, innovation, consumer trends, sustainability, branding, and growth strategies. What makes Scotland Food & Drink unique is our work in uncovering, creating, and enabling market opportunities. Join us as we bring together expert panels and speakers to share with you valuable insight and advice to bring to your business no matter where you are in your growth journey. 

Tickets on sale soon.


The Excellence Awards 

As the sun sets, we come together again to celebrate the best of Scotland’s exceptional food, drink and people behind the products.  

For over two decades, the coveted Excellence Awards has brought together the finest Scottish producers with key decision makers and influencers across the industry. Underpinned by people, passion, and perseverance, it is an opportunity to toast to our industry’s fantastic achievements of the past year. 

With 14 tasted awards and 7 business categories, there will be an Award right for you. Hear from previous winners as they discuss what their award means to them here

Find out more The Excellence Awards, including categories, judging and sponsors here. 

Arrival at 18.00pm, carriages at 12.30am.

Submit your entry to the Excellence Awards now.

Tickets on sale soon.  

Conference Agenda 


9.00-10.30am: Arrival, coffees and welcome 


10.30-10.45am: Building a positive business environment 


Our opening panel will see several industry strategy delivery leads from the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership discuss the building of a positive business environment. After a challenging time for our industry, polls are showing increased optimism. So how can you capitalise on industry positivity? We’ll discuss policy shifts, skill development, and sustainable practices crucial for bolstering margins and fostering responsible growth. 


10.45-11.10am: The economic landscape and market outlook 


The conference continues with a dynamic update on the current economic landscape and advice on how to cope with and anticipate strategic change brought on by economic developments and pressures.  


11.10-11.35am: Fuelling Innovation 


Addressing the supposed innovation gap in Scotland, this session underscores why innovation and NPD is key for meeting customer demands and securing new business. Our panel will discuss available support avenues for nurturing creativity and new product development. 


11.35am-12.00pm: The Knowledge Bank


More details coming soon.


12.00-1.00pm: Lunch and networking time with delegates and our exhibitors  


1.00-1.25pm: Choose from the following two sessions:


Net Zero and the environment 


We’ll delve into the most prevalent trend of them all: net zero. With such commercial significance and benefit of environmental credentials for suppliers, this session is key for those looking to advance their net zero credentials and uncover where the most valuable changes can be made. 


Exporting: the world is your oyster 


Our industry exports are worth £8bn, and we believe this value can grow by over £2bn in the next 4-5 years. So how can you join that journey? Hear about our industry’s export strategy, useful resources you can access, and a comprehensive analysis of the export market.  


1.25-1.50pm: Choose from the following two sessions:


Why markets matter, peer perspectives 


How do you put all this insight learned into action? Hear firsthand from successful Scottish businesses as they share their inspirational yet pragmatic growth journeys through their regional, UK and international markets. Gain insights into channel tapping, overcoming challenges, and achieving tangible success. 


How to fail  


We hear from businesses who have “made it,” and how the journey to success is never linear. Speakers discuss the mistakes they made along the way and what they learned from them. 


1.50-2.05pm: Coffee and networking break 


2.05-2.45pm: Headline speaker – more information to follow 


2.45-3.45pm: Closing remarks and drinks reception 


Please note, these timings are subject to change.


Keep an eye out for our ongoing speaker announcements. 

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