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Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards

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Kaye AdamsScotland’s food and drink industry celebrated a night of success at the National Museum of Scotland with 19 businesses picking up prizes in the sector’s annual Excellence Awards.

They were chosen from a record-breaking 239 entries, up 56% on the 153 entries last year, and a shortlist of 50 businesses representing a broad spectrum of products and companies.

The entrants included small companies such as Isle of Skye Sea Salt Company and Charlotte Flower Chocolates through to industry giants Entier and AG Barr. Produce traditionally associated with Scotland was recognised alongside new, innovative products.

Brother and sister team Jo and James Macsween of Macsween Haggis were jointly awarded a surprise Outstanding Contribution to Food & Drink accolade on the night. The award was presented in recognition of the company’s growth which is primarily driven by their vision and dedication to creating new consumers through innovative product development and social media marketing.

The awards included nine retail and food service product categories judged mainly by taste plus a wide range of business awards, which include environmental sustainability, Scottish sourcing and investing in people, in addition to a new award introduced during the Year of Food and Drink recognising young talent in the industry.

The judging panel sampled more than 260 products during a two day tasting session, examining submissions from 116 businesses across Scotland.

More than 800 guests attended the ceremony hosted by Kaye Adams (pictured) and organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS). The title sponsor was Asda and the awards were supported by Think Local.

Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, James Withers, said: “This year’s Awards have been a huge success with a record number of entries and our biggest ever award dinner with over 800 people there to celebrate the sector.

“The skill, passion and innovation that mark our industry is represented in the diversity of the finalists and winners. Food and drink is now a national success story for Scotland and the Awards let us shine a light on just some of the people and world-class products that are behind that success. Crucially, it gives us the complete confidence that our industry will continue to grow in markets at home and overseas in the years to come.”

Stephen Hutt, Chief Executive of RHASS, said:  “Tonight’s winners represent the finest of Scotland’s food and drink.  Produced with passion, skill and the finest raw ingredients farmed in Scotland’s fertile ground, we are proud to represent primary food producers who, in partnership with tonight’s winners, support Scotland’s growing reputation as one of the best places to eat in the world.”

Winners:

Soup, Preserves & Accompaniments (Sponsored by Asda)    

  • Isle of Skye Sea Salt Co – 150g Fine Grain

Bakery & Cereal Based (Sponsored by Asda) 

  • Golspie Mill – Rustic Bites- wholemeal Highland Bites, Rustic Bites- Cranachan

Dairy (sponsored by Asda)  

  • Katy Rodger’s Artisan Dairy – Knockraich Crowdie & Crème Fraiche

Confectionery & Snacking (sponsored by Asda)

  • Charlotte Flower Chocolates – Wild flavoured single origin chocolate thins

Non-Alcoholic Drink (sponsored by Asda)

  • AG Barr – BARR’s Originals

Alcoholic Drink (sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn)

  • Ian Macleod Distillers – Glengoyne 25 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Fish & Seafood (sponsored by The Crown Estate)

  • The Argyll Smokery – Smoked Fish Pates (Kiln Roasted, Smoked Salmon, Smoked Trout)

Meat (sponsored by The Grocer)  

  • Peelham Farm produce – Peelham Charcuterie

Environmental Sustainability (sponsored by Resource Efficient Scotland)

  • Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd

Investing in People (sponsored by Skills Development Scotland)    

  • Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd

Foodservice Product of the Year (sponsored by Sodexo)    

  • Katy Roger’s Artisan Dairy – Knockraich Crowdie & Crème Fraiche

Export Business of the Year (sponsored by Perth Food and Drink Park) 

  • The Scottish Salmon Company

Innovation (sponsored Queen Margaret University)    

  • Bruichladdich Distillery and The Agronomy Institute of UHI

Success Through Partnership (sponsored by SAOS)

  • Highland Game Ltd

Commitment to Health (sponsored by Rowett Institute)    

  • Entier Limited

Brand Success of the Year (sponsored by Palletforce)

  • Ian Macleod Distillers

Scottish Sourcing (sponsored by Taste Our Best, VisitScotland)

  • Born in the Borders

Success Through Partnership (sponsored by SAOS)

  • Highland Game Ltd

Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur (sponsored by Johnston Carmichael)

  • James Watt – BrewDog

Young Talent (sponsored by Scottish Food and Drink Federation – A Future in Food)

  • Jamie Hutcheon – Cocoa Ooze

Food Hero (sponsored by The Herald)

  • Iain R Spink – Original Smokies from Arbroath Ltd

Business of the Year (sponsored by Clydesdale Bank)

  • The Scottish Salmon Company
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