Monday, 13 July 2021 09:08

Ryder Cup gives food and drink businesses boost

Ryder Cup gives food and drink businesses boost

More than half of the Scottish food and drink businesses that delivered produce to The 2014 Ryder Cup have secured new contracts as a result of their involvement.

A total of 24 suppliers worked with event caterers Mecco and Compass to deliver around 260,000 meals to visitors of the golf tournament at Gleneagles.

Over the three-day event, attendees consumed more than 8,000 pies from The Wee Pie company, around 18,000 hand-pressed Scottish beef burgers from Perthshire butcher Simon Howie Foods, and more than 200lbs of Gigha Halibut’s smoked halibut.

Some of the country’s most renowned produce was also available, including 700kg of black pudding, 200kg of haggis, 1,500lbs of Scottish strawberries and 1,200kg of cured Scottish salmon.

Thirteen of the businesses involved received contracts as a direct result of a special Supplier Day held at Hampden Park in January last year, which was organised by Scotland Food & Drink.

Fiona Richmond, 2014 Project Manager at Scotland Food & Drink, said: “The 2014 Ryder Cup was a great success for Scottish food and drink producers. With visitors to Scotland expected to spend £33million on food and drink at the major events of last year, the tournament helped to raise the profile of a number of suppliers not just with spectators but also with businesses who could potentially offer future opportunities.

“The event was a great showcase for what Scotland can offer in terms of food and drink. Now it’s vital we build on this legacy throughout The Year of Food and Drink, facilitating relationships between producers and suppliers and ensuring they are making the most of the commercial opportunities available to continue to drive industry growth.”

Scotland's Food Secretary, Richard Lochhead, added: “It’s very encouraging – but not surprising – to hear how well received local, in-season produce was by visitors to the Ryder Cup. This gives us an excellent insight into foods that were appreciated by people who attended the tournament, and will help us further develop Scotland’s journey towards becoming a Good Food Nation.

“Scottish food and drink is among the best to be found anywhere in the world and demand for quality Scottish produce is booming both at home and abroad – highlighted recently with the news that Scottish food exports were valued at more than £1.1 billion in 2014. Good food and drink is intrinsic to our nation’s cultural identify, and caterers sourcing local produce ensured it played an integral part in the Ryder Cup.

“We have a fantastic natural larder here in Scotland, iconic products, strong global brands, excellent provenance credentials and industry innovation – I hope more companies follow the lead of Mecco and Compass and continue to source local produce in the future.”

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