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Spar Scotland has confirmed that more than 150 suppliers have already signed up for its annual tradeshow in Aviemore in September.

The momentum is building for the return of Spar Scotland’s annual tradeshow in Aviemore this September as the wholesaler and retailer prepares to welcome over 700 delegates to its first face-to-face show in more than two years. Spar Scotland expects the event to be one of the biggest local retailing events to take place in Scotland this year.

The company has confirmed that over 150 suppliers have already signed up from every category including Coca Cola, Hovis, Graham’s the Family Dairy and AG Barr. Walkers has also been confirmed as headline sponsor.

Many suppliers will be bringing NPD and Christmas and seasonal products to the tradeshow.

Take-up from independent retailers has been exceptionally high and Spar Scotland have also invited a number of other influencers and key bodies including Scotland Food & Drink, Invest NI, the Scottish Wholesale Association, the trade press and charities including GroceryAid and Marie Curie.

Government Minister Mairi Gouegon has also confirmed her attendance at the tradeshow in the afternoon.

It won’t be all work though. Spar Scotland says it has “a huge amount planned both in terms of during the day and into the evening – a food safari and a marquee dance!”

Taking place in Aviemore and the Cairngorms National Park, the event will be held at the MacDonald Hotel and Resort on Thursday 22 September 2022. The tradeshow runs from 10.30am until 4.00pm.

Before the tradeshow opens, Spar Scotland will host three separate business updates in the morning for suppliers, independent retailers and company-owned stores and associated staff.

The updates will be given by CEO Colin McLean and a team of Directors. These will focus on the company’s ongoing transformation journey including the implementation of its major company-owned store refurbishment programme and its recruitment drive across both company-owned stores and its independent estate.

As part of the show, the Spar Scotland Awards have been launched with four categories: company-owned store of the year, independent store of the year, company-owned community store of the year and independent community store of the year.

Colin McLean, Spar Scotland CEO, said: “Our 2022 tradeshow will be a great opportunity to engage once again with a live audience. We will have over 150 national and Scottish suppliers turn their stands into exciting showcases for their products. By taking part in our tradeshow, our suppliers will be able to bring their innovative products to the attention of the largest group of independent retailers to visit a tradeshow in Scotland.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our estate of independent Spar retailers and company-owned staff, key personnel from Spar Scotland, Spar UK and Spar International, to what promises to be a sell-out event.”

For details on how to attend please call CJ Lang on 01382 512000 and speak to the Spar Scotland Tradeshow team.