Scottish Wholesale Association has announced a Producers’ Exhibition as part of its 2019 annual conference initiative Keeping Scotland Local.

The exhibition will be organised in collaboration with industry organisation Scotland Food & Drink and provide up to 20 local producers and suppliers with an opportunity to meet key buyers, decision-makers and owners of SWA member wholesalers.

“The exhibition on the Friday of our conference is part of a collaborative approach with key partners to help develop and grow the food and drink industry in Scotland,” said Colin Smith, SWA chief executive.

“It will give suppliers direct access to key individuals who can help them expand distribution of their produce on a local and national basis,” he continued. “By working with Scotland Food & Drink and linking in with the national tourism strategy – Tourism Scotland 2020 which has an ambition to grow visitor spend to £1 billion by 2020 – the exhibition will also help identify new/upcoming trends as well as focus on developing the Scottish food marketplace.”

The new Friday format will also include a business-building and network event where wholesalers and suppliers can meet and share information during interactive sessions.

The annual conference, which takes place at Crieff Hydro from May 31-June 2, will focus on three major areas: technology, incorporating training; Scotland’s future growth opportunities; and food trends.