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Responding to the UK Government Foreign Secretary’s position on the Northern Ireland Protocol, Donna Fordyce, Chief Executive of Seafood Scotland:

 

“Any action that has the potential to upset the still precarious trade movements between the UK and the EU will be most unwelcome for Scotland’s seafood sector and on behalf of the fishing communities, processors, fishing families and the hundreds of other people who depend on the seafood trade for a living, we urge the UK Government to proceed with caution and to keep talking, in the hope of finding an amicable solution to the challenges arising from the Protocol.

 

“The EU’s rhetoric of ‘consequences’ is ominous, and there is so much to be lost in the trade off.  From impact on costs, duty, ease of movement to tying our exporters up in even more red tape, this latest news will be a blow to Scottish companies who have been working around the clock to get back on track, maintaining sales and securing jobs in coastal communities throughout Scotland. The system for moving goods to the EU is far from perfect, but we have reached a point where movement is at least possible.  A step back to the hold ups that hit us immediately after Brexit will cost Scotland dearly, once again.”

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“The Marine Conservation Society’s recent advice, to avoid Scottish crab and lobster on the basis that whales may become entangled in fishing gear, has been released without clear scientific evidence to support it, and worryingly, the consultation with experts in the sector seems patchy.  It is our understanding that these instances are very rare, and that significant work has already gone into avoidance of entanglement, therefore the MCS response seems disproportionate.

“In terms of monkfish, experts within the industry have noted that the drop in population is within the context of an all-time high – so the drop actually signifies a return to ‘normal’ levels.  With stringent management measures in place and the full Fishery Improvement Programme expected in 2022, stock levels should be entirely manageable.

“As an industry that has navigated two seismic crises over the last two years, coming through a global pandemic which saw the food service sector all but close down, followed swiftly by a painful Brexit process, this new advice deals a further blow to a centuries-old industry trying to get back on its feet.  Fishing families and communities are already battling the odds.

“Scottish fishers are respectful of the environment from which they take their living.  It is in their interest to look after it for this, and future, generations.  For that reason, we disagree with the Marine Conservation Society’s advice to consumers and urge them to work more closely with the sector in future, speaking to fishers and fostering a collaborative approach to any emerging issues.  The absence of data should not lead to a blanket ‘avoid’ directive; rather it highlights an opportunity to seek further information around which sound advice can be crafted.

“We would still highly recommend Scottish lobster, crab and monkfish, which is some of the finest in the world.”

 

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During March 2022, Seafood Scotland hosted four masterclass sessions covering everything from how to add value through creating seafood butters with CJ Jackson to a Social Media Masterclass with Clark Communications and finally a whistlestop tour of the Exporting Process and Opportunities for businesses in this area.

All these Masterclass sessions are available for the industry to watch and enjoy at their leisure and can be found here.

For more information or to suggest a topic for the next round of Masterclasses later in the year, please let us know by dropping an email to enquiries@seafoodscotland.org


A Focus on Foodservice from The Knowledge Bank – live and streamed conference

A deep dive into the UK foodservice sector: Click here for more details and to register

A second short day conference will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Wednesday 23 March (with livestreaming for those that want to tune in online) looking at the UK foodservice sector and the opportunities on offer to Scottish food and drink businesses.

We’ll take a look at the sector and its make-up, the key channels, the trends and the innovations before turning our intentions to how consumers interact with the out of home market, what occasions drive them to eat out and how important is time of the day. We’ll also share insight from chefs and operators in the sector as to what are opportunities for those who want to develop their offering in this diverse, exciting and innovative market place.

The only conditions of registration are that you must be based in Scotland and priority will be given to producers. Professional Services suppliers who support the sector may be offered a live stream ticket if an in-person ticket is not available.

You can register for free tickets here.


From labour to logistics to sustainability. Where to focus and things to consider.

Join us on 16 March at 1400hrs GMT for the second of our knowledge webinar series, in collaboration with IGD.

At this session, IGD experts Kathleen McLaughlin and James Walton will face into the challenges that Scottish food and drink companies are tackling, from labour to pricing to sustainability. And while there are no silver bullet solutions, Kathleen and James will signpost just some of the responses which our industry is actioning in order to thrive.  

The session is free to attend, but to secure your place please register here.

After registering you’ll receive a confirmation email with information about joining on the day.


Learn with us in 2022

Following the success of our webinar series in 2020 and 2021,  Seafood Scotland will once again host a series of expert webinars this spring.

 

 

These free online events are suitable for fishmongers or chefs looking to build their knowledge of seafood from Scotland.

Each event will start at 4pm with the opportunity to put your questions to our experts.

Wednesday 2nd March – Giving your customers confidence with Coley, Hake and Blue Ling with CJ Jackson

Wednesday 9th March  – Giving your customers confidence with Witch and Megrim with CJ Jackson

Wednesday 16th March – Social media hints and tips with Clark Communications

Wednesday 23 March – Adding value with butters, cakes and pies with CJ  Jackson

These sessions will be held via Zoom and you can register for either one session or the full series. You can register online. 

This programme is brought to you in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and the National Transition Training Fund. Attendees will be required to complete a registration form in order to attend.

 


The Brexit Working Group was set up in summer 2020 by Seafood Scotland to help industry preparations ahead of the UK leaving the Transition Period, with businesses then preparing to trade and operate outside the Single Market and Customs Union. Subsequently, it acted as a forum for response to the implications of having left the Transition Period at the end of 2020.

As things settled over summer 2021, the working group broadened its membership to include more industry representatives, more businesses and a wider range of Government officials. We also started inviting guest speakers to its meetings on a regular basis.

Meetings started to cover a wider range of topics than Brexit although the implications of Brexit were still the core focus of the group’s discussions.

In Autumn 2021, it was agreed that the widened scope and remit should be formalised and that it would be sensible to drop the word “Brexit” from the group’s title to reflect the fact things had moved on somewhat. It was also agreed that group membership should be extended, with small and medium sized organisations and business interests particularly in mind.

The new name for the group is “PISCES” – or the the PISCES forum.

This is an acronym signifying “Policy Issues, Sector Cooperation, Engagement (and) Support” which reflects our broad aims for the group’s purpose and scope.

While a new name and scope has been agreed, the format of the new group will be similar in many ways to the Brexit Working Group unless circumstances necessitate any changes.

There will be a plan to invite more guest speakers in due course and to dovetail announcements of future topics and reflection on previous meetings with Seafood Scotland newsletter publication so that the wider industry is kept abreast of PISCES meetings/discussions/activities.

These meetings will commence on Thursday 20th January 3-4pm and will be held every 2 weeks. If you would like to attend this forum please email enquiries@seafoodscotland.org


Scotland Food & Drink is pleased to share details of a ‘Meet the Convenience Retailer’ event, providing producers and wholesalers with opportunities to secure national and local listings.

Representatives from a variety of multiple and independent convenience retailers will be at the event, with attendance already confirmed from Scotmid and One O One Convenience Stores. We expect representatives with buying responsibility for over 350 stores to take part.

This virtual opportunity is open to producers and wholesalers interested in supplying independent convenience retailers across Scotland or in a particular area of Scotland.

Qualification criteria

  • Scottish Food or Drink producer
  • Salsa or BRC accreditation preferred but not essential
  • All categories considered

Additional Info

  • Food to Go is a growing market in this sector.
  • Seasonal producers are encouraged to apply speculatively, even if their product is not in season at the time of the event.
  • Convenience retailers are increasingly seeing the benefits of local sourcing. Their customers are open to new and interesting products. Accessible pricing is often a key consideration for them.

Event details

Date: Thursday 3 March, 9am-12pm

Platform: This event will be virtual and take place online with details given once companies are shortlisted.

How to register

To register your interest, please complete the application form by 5pm on Thursday 20th January. Shortlisted companies will be notified at least seven days in advance of the event with further info provided. Any questions on this event or the criteria, please email showcasing@luxevents.co.uk

Places are limited and, there is no fee to attend this event. Applicants who have ranges best suited to the needs of the retailers attending will receive priority.

Details of how to apply can be found on the Scotland Food and Drink website here.


The Scottish Wholesalers Association (SWA) is working with the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) and Scotland Food & Drink to deliver a ‘Meet the Wholesaler’ event as part of the next phase of the ‘Delivering Growth through Wholesale’ programme.

Designed to facilitate opportunities for engagement and business between producers and wholesalers, the Meet the Wholesaler event will follow a series of workshops that will provide the tools and information needed to maximise opportunities when working together.

The event will now take place on Tuesday, 15 March which is different to the date that was originally communicated, this is to avoid a clash with another industry event.

Event Information

The Meet the Wholesaler will be in person and take place at Dunblane Hydro, 9:30-3:15pm.

The day will consist of a series of short one-to-one meetings in the morning, followed by a lunch showcasing Scottish produce, then a producer exhibition in the afternoon. One to one meetings will be agreed in advance of the event using a simple diary system, further details to follow on this.

As well as the one-to-one meeting that will be requested by wholesalers, producers will be also given the opportunity engage with wholesaler representatives during the exhibition element of the day.

The event is open to all producers and wholesalers in Scotland. Attendance is free with limited places and producers may be required to pay a deposit, repayable upon attendance. We would encourage wholesalers to register multiple representatives to maximise meeting opportunities with producers across the day.

Applications for the event close on Monday, 24 January—successful applicants will be informed of their acceptance by mid-February.

For more details and to apply, click here.


Boston – 13th – 15th March 2022

Following the success from previous years Seafood from Scotland pavilion at SENA in Boston, we are delighted to confirm that Seafood Scotland in partnership with Scottish Development International (SDI) are again providing the opportunity for you and other Scottish Seafood companies to be part of the pavilion at SENA 2022

Benefits of exhibiting on the pavilion

The price of the exhibitor package (as detailed below) includes the following:

  • Inclusion on the Seafood from Scotland pavilion constructed by our appointed contractor
  • Market development support from Seafood Scotland and Scotland Food and Drink In-market Specialists (for US and Canada)
  • Use of the seafood bar organised by Seafood Scotland
  • An opportunity to work with a top Scottish chef to showcase your products
  • Invitation to you and guests to the Scottish-North American networking reception on Monday 14th March.
  • Press and PR support from Seafood Scotland
  • Branded graphics for event space
  • Stand equipment including:
    • 3 x spotlights per 9 sq. m.
    • 1 x poseur table and 2 x bar stools per stand (or low table and chairs)
    • 1 x power point per stand (any size)
    • On-site support from Seafood Scotland and SDI staff, together with technical back up for the duration of the show
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Returning again for 2022 – Small Producer Pods

We are offering smaller individual pods that companies who are at the early stages of exporting or are keen to get a foot-hold in the market can book. 


These pods consist of a small seating area with space to promote your organisation. They benefit from being part of the overall pavilion and offer the opportunity to promote your company without the expense of taking a larger area, while also having access to meeting space located on the pavilion.

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Benefits of taking a Small Producer Pod

The price of the exhibitor package (as detailed below) includes the following:

 

  • Inclusion on the Seafood from Scotland pavilion constructed by our appointed contractor
  • Market development support from Seafood Scotland and Scotland Food and Drink In-market Specialists (for US and Canada)
  • Use of the seafood bar organised by Seafood Scotland
  • An opportunity to work with a top Scottish chef to showcase your products
  • Invitation to you and guests to the Scottish-North American networking reception on Monday 14th March.
  • Press and PR support from Seafood Scotland
  • 2 bar stools
  • On-site support from Seafood Scotland and SDI staff, together with technical back up for the duration of the show
  •  Branded graphics for display area

Costs to exhibitors

 
A contribution towards the cost of exhibiting on the stand is outlined below.

Please note this is offered at a much discounted rate and simply covers the hire of the stand space and equipment provided. 

Option One – 9 sqm stand space

 

20% due on receipt of contract

£780 plus VAT

80% balance due on 17th January 2022

£3,120 plus VAT

Total cost due

£3,900 plus VAT

 
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Option Two – 12 sqm stand space

 

20% due on receipt of contract

£1,000 plus VAT

80% balance due on 17th January 2022

£4,000 plus VAT

Total cost due

£5,000 plus VAT

 
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Option Three – smaller producer stands

 

20% due on receipt of contract

£200 plus VAT

80% balance due on 17th January 2022

£800 plus VAT

Total cost due

£1000 plus VAT

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Deadline for all applications and receipt of signed contracts will be Monday 13th December 2021. Below is a contract which you must complete and return to Seafood Scotland by this date.

 

Following receipt of your signed contract, an invoice for a deposit of 20% of space and construction costs will be issued to you by Seafood Scotland.

The remaining balance of 80% will be due for payment on Monday 17th January 2022.

 

Space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We sincerely hope you will join the Scottish delegation at this key international seafood trade show and very much look forward to working with you.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Gregor Brown: 

Gregor.Brown@seafoodscotland.org 

07799902519

 

Clare MacDougall: 

Clare.MacDougall@seafoodscotland.org  

07935073262