Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards – Fishfarmer Magazine

Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards07 May, 2010 –

THE winners of the 2010 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards were revealed at an awards ceremony last night, held at the Benromach Distillery in Forres.

The winners in the seafood categories were Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK Limited who won best Fish and Seafood product for its WildWaters Smoked Salmon range.

Lossie Seafoods of Buckie won best in the Foodservice product category for its catering smoked salmon pack.

Macrae Livingston won the award for Environmental Sustainability for its holistic approach to environmental issues throughout the supply chain.

New for 2010 was the Young Scottish Chef of the Year category to find the hottest talent emerging from Scotland’s eating establishments. Alan Robertson of Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown was crowned winner by Scottish chef Nick Nairn, after a gruelling day of judging at his cook school.

A total of 218 entries were received, more than double the amount for 2009.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “It is truly inspiring to see over 200 entries in the 2010 Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards. This shows the wealth and quality of products Scotland has to offer, using some of the best natural ingredients in the world. It’s great to see the Food and Drink Excellence Awards being held in the north of Scotland for the first time, and where better to host the prestigious event than one of the distilleries so iconic to this area.

“Through our national food and drink policy we want to help pubs, hotels, visitor attractions, restaurants and cafes build on our international reputation for first-class food and drink, and deliver the very best Scottish produce to the 16 million people who visit our country every year. Since May 2007, the Scottish Government has given £29.4 million to support businesses, a number of whom were present at the awards.

“All the retailers, producers, processors and restaurants who entered these awards are Scotland’s frontline food and drink ambassadors. We are experiencing a food revolution, and the award-winners are to be congratulated on their commitment to enhancing Scotland’s reputation as a land of food and drink.”

Paul McLaughlin, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink said: “It has been a tough few years for Scotland’s food and drink companies but the record number of high calibre entrants proves the industry is in excellent strength to meet our targets of growing the industry to be worth £12.5bn by 2017.  The winners all thoroughly deserve the highest recognition for these awards and will make an excellent job of flying the flag for Scotland’s food and drink industry.”

Other notable winners were Edinburgh based brewers Innis & Gunn swept the board who won four awards including the prestigious Business of the Year award, International Business of the Year, Drink  – Alcoholic and Non Alcoholic category and Product Innovation category for its Oak Aged Beers.

Mackie’s of Taypack scooped two awards for Product of the Year and best in the Dairy, Confectionery and Snacking category for its Potato Crisps.

Marketing Initiative of the Year went to Angus based  Angus Soft Fruits for its Good Natured brand and the superb use of social media within their marketing strategy.

Macphie of Glenbervie was awarded the Investing in Skills Development award for their positive approach to nurturing and developing their staff.

Quality Meat Scotland received the Success through Working Partnerships award for its five partner innovation with Scottish Pig Producers, VION UK Ltd, ASDA and SSPCA.

In the product category awards Huntly Herbs was crowned winner of the Soups, Preserves and Accompaniments category for its Hot Lemon Relish, and Scotherbs won the Fruit or Vegetable product category for its Fresh Cut Herbs and Salad Leaf.

The Healthy Choice award went to The Oatmeal of Alford for its porridge oats and the winner of the Bakery and Cereal product was Lazy Days Foods for its range of biscuits and confectionery.

Dean’s of Huntly was awarded the Food Tourism award for its Dean’s Visitor Centre.

Sponsored by Clydesdale Bank, the awards are jointly organised by RHASS and Scotland Food & Drink and are now in their fourteenth year. They form an important part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Food & Drink and winning companies have reaped commercial awards from winning the accolade.