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Scotland’s Cream of the Crop Crowned at Top Food & Drink Awards

25 winners are celebrating after being awarded at the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2017.

A record number of 820 guests attended Scotland’s food and drink ‘Oscars’, held in Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre last night.

The annual awards, hosted by chef and TV Personality Simon Rimmer, are organised by Scotland Food & Drink and run in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), with Asda as headline sponsor.

The 25 category winners spanned the whole of the sector, with winners including; Liam Pennycook of Strathearn Distillery for ‘Young Talent’, l’escargot restaurants owned by Chef Fred Berkmiller for ‘Scottish Sourcing’, Paterson Arran Ltd for ‘Environmental Sustainability’, Peelham Farm Produce for ‘Meat’, Mara Seaweed for ‘Healthy Choice’ and Fusion Whisky Ltd for ‘Success Through Partnership’.

Special recognition was awarded for Product of the Year (Whisky Nibs from Chocolate Tree), Business of the Year (Bruce Farms) and Outstanding Contribution (Alastair Dobson, Taste of Arran).

James Withers, CEO Scotland Food & Drink, said:

“Congratulations to all winners. With the new food and drink strategy, ‘Ambition 2030’ we are aiming to double the industry’s worth to the value of £30 billion by 2030, so it was fantastic to see new start-ups as well as established businesses come out on top. The industry is constantly growing, but there is always room for young pioneers, innovative products and enterprising businesses, and it’s this that will help us achieve Ambition 2030.

“Scotland is home to some of the most innovative producers and these awards give us the chance to celebrate this. Thanks to all those who entered this year, and I hope to see you back there next year.”

New for this year were the categories of Brewing (winner: Stewart Brewing Ltd) and Distilling (winner: Loch Ness Spirits Ltd), highlighting Scotland’s expansion into the flourishing spirits market. Inline with current industry trends, an Own Label category was also added, crowning Aldi winner for their Specially Selected Orkney Caramel Shortbread. 

Keith Brooke, Chairman of RHASS said:
“Championing the best comes second nature to The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) which is why we are proud to be a supporter of these awards.  Congratulations to the winners – it is a huge achievement and one to relish as getting to this stage is no doubt the result of significant hard work and skill particularly when you see the standard of the companies shortlisted this year.”

The 2017 awards received 272 entries across all categories, a record number on previous years. Category sponsorship was welcomed from a range of influential businesses including Sodexo, Johnston Carmichael, The Grocer, CalMac, Quality Meat Scotland and Heriot Watt University.

For the full winners list click here

2017 Winners:

 

Category

Winner

Product Name

Savouries & Accompaniments
sponsored by Connect Local

 

The Little Herb Farm

Tayberry & Sage Vinegar Dressing

Dairy
sponsored by Michael Page

 

Graham’s the Family Dairy

Graham’s the Family Dairy Gold Smooth

Bakery
sponsored by Scottish Bakers

 

Border Biscuits

Dark Chocolate Gingers & Orange

Scotch Brand Product of the Year
sponsored by Quality Meat Scotland

 

Aldi

Specially Selected Scotch 30-day Matured Aberdeen Angus Sirloin Steak

Meat

sponsored by Kimberley Watt Packaging

 

Peelham Farm Produce

Organic Air-dried Smoked Juniper Mutton

Fish & Seafood
sponsored by DR Newitt

 

Loch Fyne Oysters

Kinglas Fillet

Confectionery, Drinks & Snacking
sponsored by New Town Partnership

 

Chocolate Tree

Whisky Nibs

Brewing
sponsored by Heriot-Watt University

 

Stewart Brewing Ltd

Radical Road

Distilling
sponsored by Invest in Perth

 

Loch Ness Spirits Ltd

Loch Ness Gin

Foodservice Product of the Year
sponsored by Sodexo

 

Loch Duart Ltd

Loch Duart Salmon

Healthy Choice
sponsored by Rowett Institute

 

Mara Seaweed

Furikake

Own Label
sponsored by The Grocer

Aldi

Specially Selected Orkney Caramel Shortbread

Primary Producer of the Year
sponsored by SRUC

 

Bruce Farms

 

Scottish Sourcing
sponsored by CalMac

 

l’escargot restaurants

 

Brand Success of the Year
sponsored by Palletforce

 

Pickering’s Gin

 

Export Business of the Year
sponsored by Maclay Murray & Spens

 

Mackie’s at Taypack

 

Success through Partnership
sponsored by SAOS

 

Fusion Whisky Ltd

 

Environmental Sustainability
sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland

 

Paterson Arran Ltd

 

Employer of the Year: Investing in Skills
sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

 

Entier

 

Young Talent
sponsored by FDF Scotland

 

Liam Pennycook, Strathearn Distillery

 

Entrepreneur of the Year
sponsored by Johnston Carmichael

 

Euan Beaton,
MacDuff Shellfish Scotland Ltd

 

Food Pioneer
sponsored by The Scotsman

 

Graham Suttle,
Kained Holdings

 

Product of the Year
sponsored by RHASS

 

Chocolate Tree

Whisky Nibs

Business of the Year

sponsored by Clydesdale Bank

 

Bruce Farms

 

Outstanding Contribution

sponsored by ScotGov

Alastair Dobson,
Taste of Arran