Scotland participates at Gulfood for fifth consecutive year

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, February 20 - 2013 @ 11:21

Thanks to burgeoning Scottish food and drink exports to the Middle East, more and more Scottish companies are spotting the potential in this market, and this is reflected in the fact that the Scotland stand will host seven new companies this year.

The GCC is one of the fastest-growing global markets for Scottish produce and in recent years, Gulfood has proven to be a key enabler for Scottish food and beverage exports to the region.

As its companies set their sights on growing their presence in key regional markets, particularly in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, it is at Gulfood where major distribution deals to these countries are cultivated.

The strong showing from Scotland at this year’s Gulfood follows a recent supermarket promotion of Scottish produce in Bahrain. Just three months ago, fifteen leading Scottish food and drink companies took part in an initiative highlighting the best of Scottish food and drink in two of Alosra’s prime supermarkets last year in Bahrain in celebration of Scotland’s national day.

Speaking ahead of the event, Colin Crabbe, regional manager for the Middle East, for Scottish Development International, Scotland’s inward investment agency, said, “Gulfood continues to provide a fantastic platform to showcase the Scottish food and drink industry. This is an exciting region and the UAE in particular has established itself as a global destination for fine dining. We have seen a broad range of Scottish companies across a number of sectors succeed in developing strong business relationships here in the Gulf, and we hope to see more of this success at Gulfood this year.”

“Thanks to the recent high profile of Scottish food and drink within the region, we anticipate strong interest from both Emirati and other Middle Eastern buyers in Scottish food and drink produce,” he added.

Scotland’s produce is one of its greatest assets. From salmon, to Scotch beef, seafood, premium grocery and iconic beverages to its home-grown oats and soft fruits Scotland has established an international reputation for producing competitive premium brands.

The companies which will comprise the Scottish Pavilion at Gulfood 2013 include:
•Cullisse Highland Rapeseed Oil; producer of fresh oil
•Finsbury Food Group; a leading manufacturer of cake, bread and Free From products
•Go Coco , coconut water; a Scottish drinks company using the clear water of Thailand’s young, green coconuts, to provide a 100% naturally refreshing, sweet drink
•Highland Spring; bottler of pure and refreshing mineral water
•Mackintosh of Glendaveny; producer of ’cold pressed’ rapeseed oil grown, pressed and bottled on the family farm in Glendaveny, Aberdeenshire
•Mackies at Taypack; producer of ice cream and potato crisps made with locally grown natural ingredients
•Macleans Highland Bakery; a Highland-based producer of indulgent traditional shortbreads and sweet biscuits
•Mama tea; a British tea company with a range of teas and herbal teas
•Safetray; producer of non-toppling trays
•Sephra; producer of chocolate fountains throughout the world
•Shortbread House of Edinburgh; producer of a range of quality handmade Scottish shortbread products, oat biscuits and Dundee cakes
•Taste of Arran: producer of oatcakes, cheeses, mustards, beers and ice-creams from the Scottish Isle of Arran

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