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48 Scottish businesses have been selected to feature in the food and drink ‘Oscars’ of 2016 a.k.a Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

Recognition of excellence is given across 19 categories which highlights a broad spectrum of areas to celebrate, such as Brand Success of the Year, Investing in People, Environmental Sustainability and many more. They are designed to showcase excellence in innovation and best practices across the Scottish food and drink industry. In the course of their assessment of the entries, the judges sampled 165 Scottish products ranging from fruit vinegar, charcuterie, fruit juice to chocolate.

This year was a record breaking number of entries, topping last year with 245 entries across the field from small, medium and large enterprises. This year the award sees a new category; Food Pioneer award (sponsored by The Scotsman). This new category drew in an impressive 146 nominations from the public, making it authentic in nature due to all of the other categories being applied for by the business themselves. The winner will be recognised for their pioneering work in the industry, judged by food and drink experts.

The awards celebrate food and drink throughout Scotland from companies of all sizes; smaller start-ups like Summerhouse Drinks to larger renowned businesses like Border Biscuits.

The awards are organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS). The title sponsor is Asda and the awards are supported by Think Local.

Here is a full list of the companies short-listed, some of which are regular customers of ours:

Soup, Preserves & Accompaniments sponsored by Asda

  • The Little Herb Farm – Raspberry, Mint & Chilli Vinegar
  • Mara Seaweed – Shony Flakes
  • Mackays Ltd – Dundee Orange Marmalade

Dairy sponsored by Asda        

  • Graham’s The Family Dairy – Graham’s The Family Dairy Spreadable Butter
  • Mackie’s of Scotland – Mackie’s White Chocolate and Coconut Indulgent Dairy Ice Cream
  • Yester Farm Dairies Ltd – Natural Cottage Cheese

Meat sponsored by Asda      

  • Simon Howie Foods Ltd – Salt-Aged Aberdeen Angus Rib Eye Steak
  • The Buffalo Farm – Fillet Steak
  • Great Glen Charcuterie – Venison Salami

Confectionery & Snacking sponsored by Asda

  • Mackie’s of Scotland – Mackie’s 70% Dark Chocolate with MINT
  • Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier – Velvet Truffles
  • Macamoon – Macamoon’s Scottish Selection

Non-Alcoholic Drink sponsored by Asda

  • Cuddybridge Apple Juice – Cuddybridge Apple Juice
  • Summerhouse Drinks – Walter Gregor’s Tonic Water

Alcoholic Drink sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn

  • Gordon Castle Scotland – Gordon Castle Raspberry Gin
  • RTM Sales Solutions Ltd – Magnum scotch malt whisky cream liqueur
  • Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd. – Holy Grass Vodka

Fish & Seafood sponsored by The Crown Estate

  • John Ross Jr (Aberdeen) Ltd – Balmoral Fillet
  • Loch Fyne Oysters – Bradan Orach
  • Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group – Morrisons Signature Coquille St. Jacques

Bakery & Cereal-Based sponsored by Scottish Bakers

  • Stoats – Hedgerow Muesli
  • Border Biscuits – Border Biscuits Classic Sharing Selection
  • Duncan’s of Deeside – Rasperry and white chocolate All Butter Shortbread

Foodservice Product of the Year sponsored by Sodexo

  • Cullisse Highland Rapeseed Oil – Cullisse Highland Rapeseed Oil
  • Summerhouse Drinks – Sparkling Raspberry Drink
  • Millers Larder Ltd – Perfyit Piccalilli

Commitment to Health sponsored by Rowett Institute

  • Duncan’s of Deeside Gluten Free
  • Eat Balanced

Brand Success of the Year sponsored by Palletforce

  • Border Biscuits
  • Graham’s The Family Dairy
  • Mackie’s of Scotland

Export Business of the Year sponsored by Bank of Scotland

  • Loch Duart Ltd
  • Associated Seafoods Ltd
  • Mackie’s at Taypack Ltd

Innovation sponsored by The Grocer     

  • Peel Tech Ltd
  • Stirling Potatoes Ltd (Stirfresh)
  • Scottish Sea Farms Ltd

Investing in People sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

  • The Scottish Salmon Company
  • Entier Limited
  • Loch Fyne Oysters

Success Through Partnership sponsored by SAOS     

  • Aldi and The Natural Fruit & Beverage Company
  • Taste of Arran
  • Connage Highland Dairy and Hebridean Smokehouse

Environmental Sustainability sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland

  • Ivan Wood & Sons
  • Kettle Produce Ltd
  • Paterson Arran Ltd

Scottish Sourcing sponsored by Taste Our Best, VisitScotland

  • Calmac Ferries Ltd
  • Edinburgh Larder
  • Ninth Wave Restaurant

Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur sponsored by Johnston Carmichael

  • Craig Anderson, The Scottish Salmon Company
  • William J Walker, BenRiach Distillery Co Ltd
  • Andrew Stirling, Stirling Potatoes Ltd (Stirfresh)

Young Talent sponsored by SFDF- A Future in Food

  • Danielle Ritchie, Entier Ltd – Area: Contract catering and Hospitality
  • Siobhan Macleaod, WooHa Brewing Company – Area: Brewing
  • Daniel Sherry, Eden Mill – Area: Alcoholic Beverages

Food Pioneer sponsored by The Scotsman       

  • Fred Berkmiller, chef
  • Beth Berry, market operator
  • Arbikie, gin and vodka producer


The award winners will be announced at Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre on 2 June. Dubbed the Scottish food and drink ‘Oscars’, the ceremony sold out in record time and will welcome 800 guests on the night.

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