Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards – Finalists Announced

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Fifty Scottish food and drink businesses have been selected for the shortlist for the coveted Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, James Withers, said:

“The Excellence Awards recognise the incredible quality that Scotland’s food and drink industry has to offer, the outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses as well as the high standard of our products and the level of innovation we’re seeing across the sector. Across our Land of Food and Drink the shortlist recognises big businesses to smaller, artisan producers ranging from new to long established. Our expert panel of judges have remarked on the impressive quality of products and the high standard of business entries.

“During the Year of Food and Drink it is appropriate that this year’s awards have been record breaking with the largest number of entries and an increase in attendees to the award ceremony and dinner in response to the tremendous demand. This is testament to the profile, success and sentiment of the industry. We look forward to a stellar celebration in May!”

The Ultimate Hotlist: Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards

Soup, Preserves & Accompaniments (Sponsored by Asda)

Audrey Baxter Signature Range – Rhubarb & Ginger Curd, Raspberry Curd, Passion Fruit & Mango Curd
Galloway Chillies – Chilli Burns
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
Pulsetta Foods Ltd – Pulsetta Savoury Thins
Wooleys of Arran – Wooleys of Arran Oaties

Dairy (sponsored by Asda)

Arran Dairies – Arran Gold Dairy Ice Cream
Errington Cheese Ltd – Lanark Blue Dunsyre Blue Corra Linn
Katy Rodger’s Artisan Dairy – Knockraich Crowdie & Crème Fraiche

Confectionery & Snacking (sponsored by Asda)

Charlotte Flower Chocolates – Hebridean Sea Salt caramel filled chocolates
Charlotte Flower Chocolates – Wild flavoured single origin chocolate thins
Mademoiselle Macaron – Macaron Box of 12

Non-Alcoholic Drink (sponsored by Asda)

AG Barr PLC – BARR’s Originals
Pekoe Tea – Secret Herb Garden Duchess Grey, Secret Herb Garden Scot’s Earl Grey, Secret Herb Garden Earl Grey
Summerhouse Drinks Ltd – Lavender Lemonade, Scottish Raspberry Lemonade

Alcoholic Drink (sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn)

Dunnet Bay Distillers – Rock Rose Gin
Ian Macleod Distillers – Glengoyne 25 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ogilvy Spirits – Ogilvy Scottish Potato Vodka

Fish & Seafood (sponsored by The Crown Estate)

Gigha Halibut – Smoked Gigha Halibut
J Lawrie & Sons (Jaffys) – Jaffys Traditional Mallaig Kippers
The Argyll Smokery – Smoked Fish Pates (Kiln Roasted, Smoked Salmon, Smoked Trout)

Meat (sponsored by The Grocer)

Hopetoun Farm Shop – Hopetoun Venison (Steak, Rack and Rolled Loin)
Peelham Farm produce – Peelham Charcuterie
Simon Howie Foods – The Wee Black Pudding

Foodservice Product of the Year (sponsored by Sodexo)

CANAPE – Choosing A New And Positive Employment – Canape’s Scottish Curried Goat
Katy Roger’s Artisan Dairy – Knockraich Crowdie & Crème Fraiche
Stuart and Swan Chocolatiers – The Jewel Collection

Commitment to Health (sponsored by Rowett Institute)

Broomhouse Health Strategy Group
Entier Limited

Brand Success of the Year (sponsored by Palletforce)

AG Barr Plc
Ian Macleod Distillers
Plant-n-Grow Ltd

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

Mackays Ltd
The Scottish Salmon Company

Innovation (sponsored Queen Margaret University)

Bruichladdich Distillery and The Agronomy Institute of UHI
Peel Tech Ltd
Scarletts (Scotland)

Investing in People (sponsored by Skills Development Scotland)

Baxters Food Group
Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd
Loch Fyne Oysters

Success Through Partnership (sponsored by SAOS)

Highland Game Ltd
Scottish Cold Pressed Rapeseed Group
The Food and Drink Hub (Scotland) Ltd

Environmental Sustainability (sponsored by Resource Efficient Scotland)

Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd
Ivan Wood & Sons
Scotbeef Ltd

Scottish Sourcing (sponsored by Taste Our Best, VisitScotland)

Born in the Borders
Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac Ferries Ltd)
Lazy Sunday

Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur (sponsored by Johnston Carmichael)

Christian Nissen – Highland Game Ltd
James Watt – BrewDog
John P Campbell OBE – Glenrath Farms Ltd & J P Campbell and Sons
Tracey Hogarth & Ross Currie – Freedom Brands Ltd

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

Danielle Ritchie – Entier Ltd
Darren Halliday – Burn Stewart Distillers
Jamie Hutcheon – Cocoa Ooze

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