A Nail-Biting Time for Scotland’s Shortlisted Food & Drink Businesses

Scotland Food and Drink Awards - Hardeep Singh Kohli

39 Scottish food and drink businesses are playing a waiting game to see if they have won the award at the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, for which they have been shortlisted.

With 17 award categories celebrating excellence across Scottish food and drink, the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards promise to be the food-lovers’ event of the year and will take place on 30 May. The awards range from Food & Drink Tourism, Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur to nine food product awards that are largely judged on taste.

In the course of their assessment of the entries, the judges tasted 121 food and drink products and examined submissions from 100 businesses across Scotland.

The shortlist represents a broad spectrum of Scotland’s food and drink: from small companies like the family-run Katy Rodger’s Artisan Dairy to organisations with a global reach like Associated Seafoods Ltd. New businesses including Pulsetta (launched just last year) and businesses like Nairn’s Oatcakes, which dates back to 1888, all demonstrate the diversity and vibrancy of one of Scotland’s key industries.

The writer, broadcaster and all-round foodie, Hardeep Singh Kohli, will host the event at the glamorous Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. Dubbed the Scottish food and drink ‘Oscars’, the ceremony will be bigger than ever before with 400 guests attending the awards. Attendees will be treated to a champagne reception and sumptuous dinner, showcasing the very best of Scotland’s larder.

The awards are organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS). The event’s headline sponsor is Asda.

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

"The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards recognise Scotland’s best products, businesses, outstanding individuals and industry achievement. Our fifty finalists illustrate the tremendous quality of products and strength of our companies in fields ranging from skills to research, sustainability and exports. It is these companies who contribute to and build our reputation of Scotland as a Land of Food and Drink. We wish all our finalists good luck and look forward to revealing the winners at the awards ceremony on the 30th, which sold out in record time."

Adding his praise to the shortlisted businesses, Stephen Hutt, RHASS’ Chief Executive, said:

“As a membership organisation representing the interests of primary food producers, we are delighted to support these awards. With such a focus on food provenance, we are committed to showcasing those involved in the food industry who share our passion for excellence and innovation. We look forward to showcasing the award-winners at this year’s Royal Highland Show.”

Full Shortlist

Soup, Preserves & Accompaniments

saladworx ltd -citrus-sea TM; Hebridean Seaweed & Lime Dressing/Marinade/Drizzle
Hebridean Sea Salt Ltd - Hebridean Sea Salt
Supernature Oil – Herb Gift Pack

Fish & Seafood

St James Smokehouse - St James SMOAKED Salmon Trio
MacMillan Foods - The Kintyre Smokehouse launch range (Moules Mentales, Royally Roasted, Sublimely Smoked, The Big Kipper)
The Smokehouse - Hot Smoked Trout Pate with Horseradish & Dill

Bakery & Cereal based products

Border Biscuits - Sharing Pack
Nairn's Oatcakes Ltd - Nairn's gluten free biscuit breaks
Dean's of Huntly Ltd - Mary Steele Speciality Biscuits

Red, White & Game

Scotbeef Ltd - 28 Day Special Reserve Sirloin of Beef with Porcini Butter
Rannoch Smokery - Dry-cured Smoked Wild Scottish Venison
Simon Howie Foods - The Wee Black Pudding

Drink - Alcoholic & non-alcoholic

The Orkney Brewery - DARK ISLAND RESERVE
Get Juiced - 100% Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
Cuddybridge Apple Juice - Cuddybridge Apple Juice & Scottish Sea Buckthorn

Dairy

Taste of Arran - Arran's Cheese Shop Mustard Cheddar
Taste of Arran - Arran Daires Rich Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
Connage Highland Dairy - Highland Heart Clava Brie

Confectionery & Snacking

Mackie's at Taypack Ltd - Mackies Potato Crisps
Charlotte Flower Chocolates - Java single origin chocolate and smoked Hebridean sea salt
Iain Burnett - The Highland Chocolatier - Velvet Truffles and Spiced Pralines

Foodservice

Katy Rodger's Artisan Dairy - Scottish Breakfast Yogurt
Iain Burnett - The Highland Chocolatier - The Velvet Truffles
Taste of Arran - Arran Berry, Honey and Honeycomb Ice Cream

Healthy Eating

Plenta Foods Limited - Pulsetta Rolls
Nairn's Oatcakes Ltd - Nairn's oatcakes range
Eat Balanced Ltd - Nutritionally balanced pizza

Marketing

Mama Tea Limited
MacMillan Foods
Scotty Brand Ltd

Export Business of the Year

St James Smokehouse
Associated Seafoods Ltd

Profiting Through Research - Sponsored by Interface Food & Drink

Agrico UK Ltd
Plenta Foods Limited
Eat Balanced Ltd

Profiting Through Skills

Bells Food Group Ltd
Dean's of Huntly Ltd
A K Stoddart Ltd

Success Through Working in Partnerships

Food and Drink Hub (Scotland) Ltd
We hae meat Ltd
Scotty Brand Ltd

Environmental Sustainability

Knockfarrel Produce
Mackintosh of Glendaveny Ltd
Lightbody of Hamilton (Finsbury Foods)

Food & Drink Tourism

The Store
Allanwater Brewhouse
Hopeton Farm Shop

Food & Drink Entrepreneur

St James Smokehouse - Brendan James Maher
Yester Farm Dairies Ltd - Simon McCreery
Genius Foods - Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne