Membership has so much to offer.

Membership it gives you access to a whole range of events and activities designed to help you create sustainable growth for your business. To make sure you don’t miss out we have pulled together a comprehensive calendar of events all in one place.

To register for any of the following events, simply email us at events@foodanddrink.scot or get in touch with your business development manager. We also have a range of packages including early bird discounts and reduced prices for members. Some of the following events may be re-scheduled so please do sign up for our fortnightly e-newsletter which will give you the most up-to-date information.

If you’re not yet a member, get in touch to find out more.

Throughout the year, look out for... 

Graduate Placements 

For over 10 years, we have had graduate secondees inside the regional procurement teams of some of the UK’s largest retail and foodservice businesses, helping to unlock new opportunities and support the development and growth of Scottish food and drink suppliers. We will be looking to place further talented individuals with customers as we expand our focus on UK markets and the opportunities that lie ahead.    

 

Meet the Buyer Opportunities 

Our programme of Meet the Buyer events take place throughout the year with retailers, wholesalers and foodservice. Highly popular, these events highlight new commercial opportunities and present a chance for you to pitch to buyers from across the UK to secure new business and grow your sales.  

Meet the Buyer may include a briefing to gain market insight and first-hand knowledge from the buyer and hear about opportunities relevant to your business.     

 

Trade Shows 

We will be making plans to maintain and expand our significant Scottish presence at some of the key trade shows throughout 2024. This includes the International Food & Drink Event, Imbibe Live, Speciality Fine Foods Trade Show and the Food and Drink Expo in Birmingham, all of which will attract high quality buyers from numerous sectors.  

 

The Knowledge Bank Reports & Events 

The Knowledge Bank bring insights from across the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership together, turning insights into commercial opportunities. Reports and events throughout the year help you gain insight into consumer trends and shopper behaviour, utilise intelligence on markets, sectors and product categories and find out more about topics such as health & wellness and sustainability.  

Visit https://theknowledgebank.scot/ to find out more.

To support Programme 3 of ‘Sustaining Scotland; Supplying the World’ our Innovation, Data and Technology workstream, we're working with Graft to deliver 4 innovation round tables:

  • 20/2 Glasgow
  • 21/2 Edinburgh
  • 22/2 Aberdeen
  • 22/2 H&II (online)

These will explore business insight into barriers to innovation and the support needed to encourage higher levels of innovation within our businesses.

Showcasing Scotland 

Date: 5-7 March 

Showcasing Scotland is Scotland's flagship international trade event, offering Scottish suppliers an unparalleled opportunity to engage with UK and international food and drink buyers from across the globe. 

Showcasing Scotland 2024 will offer 3 days of carefully curated events, which will showcase the very best of Scotland’s produce, help to build new trade relationships and secure future business. We’ll be taking buyers on tours across the country, showing them the journey from field to fork and celebrating our world class production processes. From here, you’ll have the chance to take part in one-to-one business meetings with these buyers, as well as group networking sessions. 

In 2019, this world-class event saw over 2,000 one-to-one meetings and business visits from buyers. The result? Over £60m of new sales in key markets.   

Showcasing Scotland is the key trade opportunity for every sector in the food and drink industry, offering a commercial opportunity like no other.   

In Drinks

Date: 6-7 March

Venue: SEC, Glasgow

Diageo Meet the Buyer

Date: 27 March

Venue: Edinburgh (details TBC)

We’re delighted to be supporting Diageo Home Brands to hold a Meet the Buyer event. Diageo are looking for new Scottish products and suppliers for their 12 distillery brand homes across Scotland and their flagship Johnnie Walker experience in Edinburgh.

Find out more

 

Farm Shop & Deli Show

Date: 29 April - 1 May

Venue: NEC, Birmingham

The Farm Shop and Deli Show attracts over 20,000 visitors and is a key event in the speciality food and drink retail community. This year the Farm Shop & Deli Show will run alongside Food & Drink Expo, National Convenience Show, The Forecourt Show and The Restaurant Show, as part of the UK Food & Drink Shows.

Sourcing Scotland - Hebrides & Lowlands

Scotland Food & Drink Spring Conference

Date: 21 May

Venue: Perth Concert Hall

Excellence Awards

Date: TBC

Location: TBC

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