Bringing Scottish produce to India


Scotland produces some of the world's best fish and seafood.jpgWe all know where the best whisky comes from. Scotch Whisky generates £4.3 billion in exports annually or the equivalent £135 every second, according to the Scottish Whisky Association, reports Reva K. Singh. But what about foodstuff? Left: Seafood from Scotland

Did you know that Scotland also produces some of the world’s best smoked salmon, seafood, red meat, dairy and bakery products?
Scotland’s first ever food and drink delegation to India led by Scottish Development International will be in Mumbai and Delhi between 24 to 28 November 2013 to explore opportunities to increase trade between the two countries and grow exports, announced Crawford Gillies, Chairman of Scottish Enterprise.
My most favourite biscuits of all are Walkers pure butter shortbread (established in 1848) which I buy whenever I am in London besides a bottle or two of single malt and wine. How wonderful that soon Walkers biscuits too may be available in India.
The food and drink industry is worth over £13 billion a year to the Scottish economy and currently accounts for 20 per cent of all exports. Scottish food and drink exports to India increased 87 per cent to £62.7m during the five year period to 2012.
Spearheaded by James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, the delegation of senior executives from Scotland’s trade bodies and artisan food manufacturers will be introducing their products and exploring potential partnerships with their Indian counterparts, states a company release. This follows the visit of Indian retailers and buyers to Scotland in September.
Said Rooma Bussi, Acting Country Manager of Scotland Development International: “Changing tastes and growing incomes are increasing demand for gourmet products in India, whilst the rapid expansion of modern food retail in both urban and rural areas over the last five years has created new outlets to reach discerning consumers.”

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