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News - 2017


Scottish Bakers was proud sponsor of the Bakery Category at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards which took place on the 18th May 2017. Congratulations to Border Biscuits who won in the Bakery category and well done to the other finalists. Read on to find out more about the awards and all of the winners.


Reids of Caithness has been named Scottish Baker of the Year 2017 at a glittering ceremony hosted by Scottish Bakers, the association that supports and promotes the interests of Scottish bakers across the country.


Scottish Bakers is capitalising on global demand for their high quality bakery products, including shortbreads, oatcakes, gingerbread and speciality cakes.

The appointment of an international manager, Roddy Wilde, will work to identify business opportunities in existing and new markets around the world and support Scottish businesses who want to take advantage of global interest in the Scottish food and drink sector.


Morrisons launches a search to find and support the best of

'The Nation's Local Foodmakers' and is inviting SALSA-Approved businesses to pitch for a place on their shelves. 



From Craig McPhie, President of Scottish Bakers

 "It is with regret that today I must announce that our Chief Executive of 7 years, Alan Clarke, will be leaving Scottish Bakers at the end of June to take up the role of Chief Executive of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Alan leaves Scottish Bakers in a much healthier position than when he joined.  We have provided training and qualifications to more than 3,000 employees across the UK from the food and drink sector and grown annual turnover exponentially, achieving profitability each year.   During this time, we have received healthy audits not just from our accountants but from our Awarding Bodies, regulators and funders.

Over 11,000 customers from across Scotland voted for their favourite bakery products across six categories 115 bakeries were nominated More than 850 of the most popular products in the land were delivered for scrutiny A panel of 56 expert and independent judges judged each and every product And now the shortlist has been announced!

A new, ambitious strategy to drive growth in Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink industry was unveiled today by industry body, Scotland Food & Drink. 

Food and drink has been Scotland’s best performing sector in recent years, with record export figures released last weekend and sales at home increasing rapidly too. 

The sector is worth £14.4 billion annually, 119,000 people are working directly in the industry and food manufacturing in Scotland is growing at twice the rate of the UK average for the sector.

‘Ambition 2030’, launched today, establishes a vision to cement food and drink as Scotland’s most valuable industry, with the opportunity to more than double turnover in the sector to reach £30 billion by 2030. 


Have you ever wondered what 850 scones, loaves, savouries, cakes, morning rolls and biscuits all in one room looks like? That is exactly what faced the 56 professional judges in Dunfermline today. 

11,000 bakery customers up and down the land voted for their favourite bakery bites and 115 bakers were asked to send in products for judinging - 850 products arrived for scrutiny and the final shortlist has been settled on. But the results will remain a closely held secret until 5th & 6th May.


Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion.

The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland’s successful food and drink sector over the past year. 


“Our Saltcoats bakery has never seen the like” said Scottish Baker of the Year2016 Stephen McAllister of The Kandy Bar as his bakery played host to the new face of the competition, Michelle McManus and a host of other well known faces for the launch of the 2017 search for the Scottish Baker of the Year.

Singing sensation and the new face of the Scottish Baker of the Year competition Michelle McManus along with World Of Sport Champion Wrestler Grado took on STV Glasgow’s Live at Five presenters David Farrell and Jennifer Reoch in a bake-off with a difference.