Amazon is courting Scottish food and drink suppliers as the expansion of its grocery catalogue continues apace.

The online retailing giant has set up a briefing and a ‘meet the buyer’ event at Clydesdale Bank in Glasgow on 31 January, in an effort to attract new suppliers.

It said it was interested in hearing from companies in a broad range of ambient categories, from confectionery and snacks through to pet food and hampers.

It was also looking to build a broader range of whisky products and was particularly interested in meeting distillers supplying high-end products, it added.

The retailer’s grocery range has grown rapidly since it was launched in July 2010 with a store of 22,000 products. It had grown to 80,000 by October 2011 and now extends to more than 150,000 lines.

Of that total, 27,500 are distributed directly by Amazon, rather than through third parties, compared with 13,000 just over a year ago.

Amazon has stated that it wants to challenge the dominance of UK supermarkets by offering a more complete range of fmcg products.

Last autumn, Ajay Kavan, Amazon’s vice president of consumables, said he saw fmcg not as a “bolt-on”, but as a “fundamental building block of our consumer proposition”.

Suppliers wanting to attend Amazon’s buyer event in Glasgow can register through Scotland Food & Drink.