Bakkafrost’s Native Hebridean shortlisted for award – again

Bakkafrost Scotland’s Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon has once again been shortlisted in a major awards programme.

The company is in the running in the Primary Producer category, in the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards 2023.

Last year, Native Hebridean Smoked Salmon won two awards – Product of the Year and Artisan Product of the Year – in the Scotland Food & Drink Awards, and it was also named as Best New Foodservice Product at Seafood Expo North America, in Boston.

Bakkafrost’s Native Hebridean salmon is the result of more than a decade of selective breeding, from broodstock derived from the wild salmon of South Uist in the Hebrides.

The Primary Producer award is sponsored by Salmon Scotland.

Meanwhile, processor Associated Seafoods has been shortlisted in the Sustainability category, and the company’s Ben Gibson is also up for the Young Ambassador of the Year award.

Chair of the Judging Panel, Elaine Jamieson from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: “Food and drink in the Highlands and Islands is truly exceptional: from street food and start ups to established producers, our region has a world class reputation. And these finalists demonstrate this. With a record number of entries for 2023, our panel of expert judges had their work cut out. The calibre of entries was outstanding and our chosen finalists represent the very best within the food and drink industry in the Highlands and Islands.

“We look forward to announcing the winners at the awards ceremony in October and reconnecting with our friends and colleagues in the industry.”

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness on Friday 27 October. Tickets are on sale now at .

To see the finalists in all categories and further information on the finalists, visit


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