Scottish producers snap up awards

Local produce gets star treatment at Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards

Border Biscuits had plenty to celebrate at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

CELEBRATING Scottish produce was the name of the game at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last night (6 June) where over 700 guests gathered for the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

A total of 26 winners were revealed at the gala ceremony hosted by TV chef Simon Rimmer, with gongs distributed across categories ranging from Healthy Choice and Environmental Sustainability to Innovation and Brewing.

Top performers on the night included South Lanarkshire based Border Biscuits, which picked up the Business of the Year and Brand Success of the Year prizes; discounter Aldi, which topped the Bakery category with its Specially Selected Orkney Caramel Shortbread, and picked up the Own Label Product of the Year award for its lemon Specially Selected Shortbread Rounds; and Isle of Harris Distillers, whose Isle of Harris Gin was named product of the year.

James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink congratulated all winners and finalist, adding that this year’s awards received a record number of entries.

“Scotland is home to some of the most innovative producers and these awards give us the chance to celebrate just a few of them,” said Withers.

“We have a fantastic mix of established world-class businesses and a new generation of entrepreneurs coming through.

“Scottish food and drink is now a national success story. Our unique partnership of industry bodies and Scottish Government has driven that. However, it is the talent inside individual businesses that make our industry tick and who are putting Scotland on the culinary map.”

• Scotland Food & Drink is an industry-led, commercially focused membership organisation. The group has the goal of growing Scotland’s food and drink industry to a value of £30bn by 2030.


Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2018 Winners

Tasted Award Winners

Bakery: Aldi, Specially Selected Orkney Caramel Shortbread

Brewing: Six°north, Foraged and Found

Confectionery Drink and Snacking: Cocoa Ooze Chocolates, Liquorice & Black Pepper Bar

Dairy: St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company, St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar

Distilling: Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd, Isle of Harris Gin

Fish and Seafood: Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd, Bradan Orach

Food Service Product of the Year: The Scottish Salmon Company, Native

Hebridean Farmed Salmon

Healthy Choice: Hungry Squirrel, ABC Crunchy Mix Nut Butter

Meat: East Coast Cured, Porcini & Truffle Salami

Own Label Product of the Year: Aldi, Specially Selected Shortbread Rounds- Lemon

Savouries and Accompaniments: Spice Pots, Spice Pots Goan Blend

Scotch Brand Product of the Year: Pr Duff Ltd, MacDuff 1890 Native Breed Body (Scotch Beef PGI)

Business Award Winners

Brand Success of the Year: Border Biscuits Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year : Michelle Phillips, Mimi’s Bakehouse

Environmental Sustainability: Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd

Export Business of the Year: Tilly Confectionery Ltd

Innovation: Peel Tech Ltd

Investing in Skills: Joseph Robertson

Primary Producer of the Year: Chesters

Scottish Sourcing: The Whitehouse Restaurant Lochaline

Success Through Partnership: Quality Pork Ltd

Young Talent: Kirsty George, Luss Smokehouse

Overall Award Winners

Food Pioneer of the Year: Calum Richardson – Bay Fish and Chips,

Product of the Year: Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd – Isle of Harris Gin

Business of the Year: Border Biscuits

Outstanding Contribution: Jim McLaren, chairman Quality Meat Scotland