If the outside temperature of this year’s Scottish Speciality Food Show in Glasgow can only be described as ‘baltic’, the overarching temperature inside was red hot with buoyant optimism. Optimism firstly for the quality, breadth and scope of what Scotland’s currently producing and exporting, especially in terms of speciality crafts and artisan produce – bear in mind Scotch whisky alone accounts for 25% of total UK food and drink exports. But there was also a tangible excitement in the air for ‘brand Scotland’ itself; an export the Scottish government is keen to see significant growth in this year.
It’s touted as the annual trade fair where the UK hospitality industry comes together to network, listen, focus and source the very latest in food and drink, catering equipment, retail interiors and technology. With well over 250 exhibitors this year, The Hospitality Show at the NEC Birmingham is a must-attend event for any hotelier, restaurateur, publican, café or deli owner looking for new products and ideas for their business.
Miles of floor space dedicated to enthusiastic exhibitors demonstrating new and exciting innovative products for the trade. Whether you are a hotelier or a cocktail bar concept, every industry was present, all with their own unique take on how and what you might do differently to make customers feel that bit more special.