TASTE Inverclyde Aims To Offer Recipe For Success To Local Food And Drink Businesses

REGENERATION organisation Riverside Inverclyde is holding the launch later this month of Taste Inverclyde, an initiative to promote independent restaurants, cafés, bars, food and drink production and food tourism across Inverclyde.

Hosted in collaboration with Scotland Food and Drink, the national membership organisation, the eventwill be held at the Custom House in Greenock on Tuesday 28 th November.

Identified by Riverside Inverclyde as a key growth area, the food and drink sector is currently valued at £14.5billion across Scotland with ambitions to double this to £30billion by 2030. Inverclyde has been significantly under-represented with one of the lowest number of food and drink businesses of any local authority area in Scotland. Riverside Inverclyde will unveil its plans for the sector in Inverclyde at the event.

Taste Inverclyde will have a local food and drink website for Inverclyde tourists and residents, aimed at promoting local eateries and their produce. Initially, Taste Inverclyde will showcase independent restaurants, cafés and bars with the aim of expanding to include street food and hotels.

The initiative will also set up a collaborative forum for manufacturers, restaurants, cafes and farms within Inverclyde to come together to discuss, innovate and create local produce that can then be sold across the UK and abroad. The aim of the forum is to offer business support and an environment that promotes collaborative thinking, with the forum meeting monthly following the launch event.

Riverside Inverclyde will also share its plans at the event for Baker Street, a £1.8million dedicated food and drink enterprise hub in Greenock which is due for completion at the end of 2018.

Caroline Wengel, business development manager, and Fiona Richmond, project manager, from Scotland Food and Drink will be speaking and will provide insight into the growth of regional food across Scotland.

Andrew Bowman, head of business investment, at Riverside Inverclyde said: “The food and drink sector offers Inverclyde a fabulous opportunity over the next decade to increase the manufacturing and production of local produce, offering a critical jobs and skills boost to the area, leading to a valuable contribution to the local economy. 

"We are aiming for Taste Inverclyde to be the vehicle which helps to facilitate and stimulate the sector locally, to deliver collaborative projects and ensure Inverclyde puts its best foot forward in the sector.”

The event is open to all food and drink companies and individuals and will run from 12:30pm to 2.30pm and is free to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Places can be booked online.

|  Riverside Inverclyde

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