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Scottish gourmet USA: Bringing Scottish food to you
US readers can have a taste of Scotland delivered to their door with Scottish Gourmet USA
Scotland is more than haggis. It’s more than bagpipes and shortbread, too. And, as we all know, Scotland is more than single malt whisky, the Loch Ness Monster, Robert Burns, Highland coos and thistles. Many of us come by different paths to love Scotland, its history, its landscape, and its people, as well as its most well-known symbols. That love affair can be sparked by family, movies or books, or travel.
Anne Robinson started Scottish Gourmet USA in 2005 because, while being courted by a Scotsman from Inverness (whom she later married), she developed a fondness for Scottish heather honey. As a businesswoman with a background in international commerce, she realised that many American consumers, like herself, hungered for a taste of the exquisite foods from Scotland, but couldn’t find them easily in the US.
What started as a mail-order enterprise offering Scottish Breakfast tea from Edinburgh, and heather honey from Struan Apiaries in the Highlands, has evolved into a dynamic catalogue and e-commerce business, offering over 800 items, and serving customers in all 50 US states.
Sensing a huge demand for the national dish of Scotland in America, Scottish Gourmet USA began producing haggis in the US in 2009. Today, the North Carolina-based company is the largest seller of haggis in America, and along with haggis, customers can also enjoy black pudding, white pudding, meat pies, Scottish-style bacon, bangers, sausage rolls, oatcakes, bridies and kippers. Scottish Gourmet USA also sells clan-related mugs and tea towels, as well as cookbooks, and guides to tracing your ancestry.
As the holidays approach, families and friends gather to spend festive evenings together, enjoying fine food and company. Scottish Gourmet USA relishes the chance to connect people with delicious fare from Scotland, like the smoked salmon, cheesy cheddar bites, whisky-infused fudge, clootie dumplings and more. “Our customers frequently suggest new products or their childhood favourites, and they have helped shape the company into what we offer today,” says Robinson. “In fact, haggis was such a frequent request early on, we had to at least try and make one in America.”
December is a big month, with thousands of packages of holiday gifts and Christmas hampers shipped out from the Scottish Gourmet shop. But January is the busiest month of the year for the company. January means Burns Night Suppers, which means haggis. Burns Night, on 25 January, is a chance to celebrate Scotland, Scottishness, and the unique stamp that Scottish people have left on the world.
As people gather to eat haggis, recite poetry, and raise a toast to the memory of Robert Burns, Scottish Gourmet USA takes pride in helping to make these events really feel like home and heritage for so many.
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