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Scotland Food & Drink Awards

Scotland’s top food and drinks firms bid for honours

James WithersJudges in the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2019 have drawn up a shortlist of 52 finalists for this year’ prizes.

The annual awards which recognise the highest quality produce as well as the leading individuals, suppliers and companies, received a record 320 entries across all categories, a 20% increase from 2018, most notably in distilling which increased from 18 in 2018 to 41 this year.

Now in its 20th year, the Excellence Awards is restructured for 2019 and focuses on the standout products driving value and consumer choice in the market in line with the overarching Ambition 2030 strategy to double the value of the industry. 

Winners from all 19 categories will be announced to 800 guests at the prestigious awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday 23 May at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh. 

Showcasing innovation, enterprise and above all else, excellence, in the Scottish food and drink scene, the finalists included: Mackie’s of Scotland, Graham’s the Family Dairy, Bidfood Scotland, Brakes Scotland, Aldi, Lidl, and The Three Chimneys.

James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “Every year the Excellence Awards attracts an incredibly diverse range of entrants, all of which are of a very high quality. This year we’ve had a record number of entries and the standard has never been higher. 

“While tasting each of the products entered into the awards sounds like a dream, in reality, selecting the very best of the best has been extremely difficult for our expert judging panel.  

“Now celebrating its 20th year, the Awards will yet again be the premier night in one of Scotland’s most valuable and successful industries. Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists.”

Kevin McBride, vice president for Scotland at Asda, said: “Asda is proud to support the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards for the 20th year running and help to celebrate the exceptional quality and innovation in Scotland’s thriving food and drink industry.  At Asda, we recognise the importance of Scottish sourcing for our customers and our suppliers, and the Awards are an opportunity to showcase the talented individuals and businesses who are driving this national success story.” 

Tickets for the awards ceremony and dinner are available from Scotland Food & Drink priced at £125+VAT for Scotland Food & Drink members or £250+VAT for non-members. Finalists are offered tickets at the discounted rate of £95+VAT. Tickets can be purchased from Scotland Food & Drink here.

Organised by Scotland Food & Drink and in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) and headline sponsor Asda. 

The full list of finalists: 

Category

Finalist Company

Product/Person

Region

Tasted categories

 

 

 

Artisanal Product

East Coast Cured

Fennel Salami

Edinburgh

East Coast Cured

Porcini & Truffle Salami

Edinburgh

Kinrara Distillery Ltd

Kinrara Artist Edition Gins

Highlands & Islands

Salar Smokehouse

Flaky Smoked Salmon

Highlands & Islands

Bakery

Aldi

Specially Selected Gluten Free Brownie

UK

Dean’s

Dean’s Sour Cherry & Dark Chocolate Scottish Shortbread

North East

Dean’s

Tesco Finest Spiced Apple Crumble Shortbread

North East

Dean’s

Dean’s Steven Brown Art, Lizzie McCoo All Butter Shortbread

North East

Confectionery, Drinks & Snacking

Growers Garden

Broccoli Crisps with Sour Cream & Chive

Fife

Left Field Kombucha

Oolong Kombucha Tea

Edinburgh

The Drinks Bakery

Lancashire Cheese & Spring Onion Drinks Biscuits

Edinburgh

The Drinks Bakery

Mature Cheddar, Smoked Chilli & Almond Drinks Biscuits

Edinburgh

Dairy

Graham’s The Family Dairy

Skyr

Stirlingshire

The Island Smokery

Orkney Dark Island Ale Cheddar

Highlands & Islands

Torrylinn Creamery

Torrylinn Creamery Vintage Cheddar

Arran

Yester Farm Dairies Ltd

Cottage Cheese

East Lothian

Fish & Seafood

Campbells & Co Smokehouse Ltd

Beetroot & Dill Smoked Salmon D Sliced Whole Side

Linlithgow

Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd

Kinglass Fillet

Argyll & Bute

Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd

Bardan Rost

Argyll & Bute

Ritchie’s of Rothesay

Ritchie’s of Rothesay Smoked Trout

Argyll & Bute

Healthy Choice

Equi’s Ice Cream

Vanilla 98

Glasgow

Graham’s The Family Dairy

Skyr

Stirlingshire

New Wave Foods

SHORE Seaweed Puffed Snacks

Inverness

Eat Balanced

Passata Power

Glasgow

Meat

Aldi

Specially Selected Steak & Ale Pie

UK

Great Glen Charcuterie

Scottish Pork Salami

Highlands & Islands

PR DUFF Ltd

Mangalitsa

North Lanarkshire

East Coast Cured

Whisky Oak Smoked Nduja

Edinburgh

Savouries & Accompaniments

Aldi

Specially Selected Lockerbie Cheddar Oatcake Bites

UK

R&W Scott Limited

Asda Extra Special Morello Cherry Conserve

Lanarkshire

WILD FIG

Seville Orange and Malt Whisky Marmalade

South Lanarkshire

The Spice Witch

Mango and Chilli Chutney

East Lothian

Scotch Product

Aldi

Specially Selected Aberdeen Angus Ribeye Steak 36 Day Aged

UK

Campbell Brothers

Buccleuch Scotch Beef PGI Dry Bone in Sharing Rib Chop

Edinburgh

McCaskie Butchers

McCaskie Unsmoked Back Bacon

Inverclyde

McCaskie Butchers

Specially Selected Scotch Native Breed Sirloin Steak

Inverclyde

Brewing

Fyne Ales

Jarl

Argyll & Bute

Aldi

Rubus IPA

UK

Harviestoun Brewery

Ola Dubh 12

Falkirk

Sixo North

Omnium

Aberdeenshire

Distilling

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers Limited

Kintyre Botanical Gin

Campbeltown

Shetland Distillery Company Ltd

Shetland Reel Original Gin

Shetland

The Glasgow Distillery

1770 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glasgow

The Port of Leith Distillery

Lind & Lime Gin

Edinburgh

Wester Spirit Co.

Spiced Rum

Glasgow

Business Categories

 

Export

Scottish Salmon Company

 

Edinburgh

Scottish Sea Farms

 

Stirlingshire

Mackie’s of Scotland

 

Aberdeenshire

Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd

 

Argyll & Bute

Primary Producer of the Year

 Angus Soft Fruits

 

 Dundee

 Summer Harvest Oils

 

 Perthshire

 Yester Farm Dairies Ltd

 

 East Lothian

 Scottish Salmon Company

 

 Edinburgh

Young Talent

Veg Co

Ellie Louise Sinclair

Aberdeenshire

Aldomak

Jordan Russell

Glasgow

Loomshed Hebridean Brewery

Calum Bennett

Highlands & Islands

Entrepreneur of the Year

 Lazy Day Foods

 

 North Lanarkshire

Macintosh of Glendaveny

 

North East

Dunnet Bay Distillers

 

Highlands & Islands

Scottish Sourcing (Multiple)

Aldi

 

UK

ASDA

 

UK

Bidfood Scotland

 

UK

Lidl UK

 

UK

Brakes Scotland

 

UK

Scottish Sourcing (Independent)

Three Chimneys

 

Highlands & Islands

Ninth Wave

 

Highlands & Islands

PR DUFF Ltd

 

North Lanarkshire

The Bay Fish & Chips

 

Aberdeenshire

Business of the Year

Angus Soft Fruits

 

Dundee

Equi’s Ice Cream

 

Glasgow

Lazy Day Foods

 

North Lanarkshire

Mackie’s of Scotland

 

Aberdeenshire

The Scottish Salmon Company

 

Edinburgh

 

 



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