Regional Food Group
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Experience Glasgow set out to formally establish a Regional Food Group for the city and coordinate a simplified action plan that makes it easier for Glasgow’s sectors to respond to Glasgow City Food Plan and Food Tourism Scotland 2030.
Glasgow’s food and drink businesses are the heart and soul of the city, they are a window into our local communities and tell the story of the city’s rich heritage and diversity.
With coffee roasters, bakers, beekeepers and distillers working alongside young chefs and enterprising restaurateurs, Glasgow is bursting with people displaying a passion for outstanding food and drink.
Securing support to establish ourselves as a Regional Food & Drink Group from Scotland Food & Drink, will help us to aid recovery of our key sectors by aiming to:
- Bridge the gap between suppliers and buyers – providing opportunities to collaborate, share and do business;
- Raise profile of the sector, including local producers/growers/manufacturers and hospitality businesses;
- Support to grow your customer base through the development of authentic bookable food and drink experiences for locals and visitors;
- Help businesses to operate more sustainably and profitably.
- Add value – by identifying opportunities to reduce waste, energy and increase the profitability of your business.
National and Regional Priorities
- Develop regional events to help bring local buyers and suppliers together
- Build a collection of compelling food and drink stories that inspire tourism products
- Develop innovative multi-regional and cross-industry bookable food tourism experiences
- Host an annual forum for stakeholders in food tourism industry to celebrate success and foster collaboration
- Create opportunities for new food, drink and hospitality businesses in the city and provide linkages with and between other Regional Food Groups
- Support grassroots food and drink organisations, including actions arising from the Glasgow City Food Plan
- Support and promote the Circular Economy agenda led by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
- Enable and support businesses to collaborate or to trade with one another to unlock the growth potential of food tourism.