Loch Duart wins Scotland’s Food Oscar (again) – Fishupdate.com

Loch Duart wins Scotland’s Food Oscar (again) Published:  29 May, 2012

Loch Duart won the hotly-contested ‘Best Fish’ award when the well-known and popular Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards were presented at a gourmet dinner at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on 24th May.

The award recognised the complete Loch Duart Smokehouse range – which consists of Loch Duart Oak Smoked Salmon, Loch Duart Oak Roasted Flaky Salmon and Loch Duart Hot Smoked Salmon with Honey & Thyme.

The range, which also won the “Best Seafood Product Line” award at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels in 2011, was described by the judges as “an outstanding entry”, “great tasting products” with “moistness, smokiness and oily texture”.

This is the second time in four years that Loch Duart has won the prestigious ‘Best Fish’ award – Oak Roasted Flaky Salmon (now part of the extended range) won the award on its own in 2009. The awards, run jointly by Scotland Food & Drink and the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, have been recognising and rewarding the very best in Scottish food and drink for many years and continue to be considered a true badge of excellence.

The entries were judged by an expert panel of industry representatives, journalists and marketers who had an even tougher job this year with every product entered being tasted. In total, more than a dozen of Scotland’s most innovative and respected companies took home the spoils at Scotland’s food and drink ‘Oscars’.

Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, said: “The Excellence Awards celebrate our many culinary successes and truly showcase Scotland as a land of food and drink. I’d like to congratulate this year’s winners and hope they continue to go from strength to strength.”

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said “The Excellence Awards provide an inspiring snapshot of everything that is great about Scottish food and drink – from mouth-watering products to innovative companies and inspiring people.”

Nick Joy, Managing Director of Loch Duart Ltd, said “We are delighted with this award which recognises the quality of the complete range. Loch Duart is proud to invest in maintaining the Hebridean heritage of quality food production and proud to be producing such high quality products.”