Nineteen Scottish food and drink businesses and individuals have been selected from 239 entries and a shortlist of 50 businesses to take the titles at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2015.

The finalists represented a broad spectrum of Scotland’s food and drink: from small companies like Isle of Skye Sea Salt Company and Charlotte Flower Chocolates through to industry giants including foodservice company Entier Ltd and AG Barr Plc. Produce traditionally associated with Scotland like whisky, fish and dairy was recognised alongside new, innovative products like charcuterie and chocolate flavoured with foraged meadowsweet.

Siblings Jo and James Macsween of Macsween Haggis were jointly awarded a surprise Outstanding Contribution to Food & Drink accolade on the night. The award was presented in recognition of the company’s growth which is primarily driven by their vision and dedication to creating new consumers through innovative product development and social media marketing.

With 19 entered categories celebrating excellence across the Scottish food and drink industry, the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards is considered by many to be the ‘Oscars’ of the sector. The awards include nine retail and foodservice product categories judged mainly by taste plus a wide range of business awards, which include Environmental Sustainability, Scottish Sourcing and Investing in People, in addition to a new award introduced during the Year of Food and Drink recognising Young Talent in the industry.

The winners were announced by broadcaster Kaye Adams at a ceremony at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland on 27 May with more than 800 guests attending on the night.

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.

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

“This year’s Awards have been a huge success with a record number of entries and our biggest ever award dinner with over 800 people there to celebrate the sector. The skill, passion and innovation that mark our industry is represented in the diversity of the finalists and winners. Food and drink is now a national success story for Scotland and the Awards let us shine a light on just some of the people and world-class products that are behind that success. Crucially, it gives us the complete confidence that our industry will continue to grow in markets at home and overseas in the years to come.”

Stephen Hutt, Chief Executive of RHASS, said:

“Tonight’s winners represent the finest of Scotland’s food and drink. Produced with passion, skill and the finest raw ingredients farmed in Scotland’s fertile ground, we are proud to represent primary food producers who, in partnership with tonight’s winners, support Scotland’s growing reputation as one of the best places to eat in the world.”

Entries for 2016’s Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards will open in January.

In full:  Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Award 2015 winners

Category

Name
of Business

Name
of Product / Representative

 

Region

Soup,
Preserves & Accompaniments

(Sponsored
by Asda)

Isle of
Skye Sea Salt Co

150g Fine
Grain

Highlands

Bakery
& Cereal Based

(Sponsored
by Asda)

Golspie
Mill

Rustic
Bites- wholemeal Highland Bites,Rustic Bites- Cranachan

Highlands

Dairy

(sponsored by Asda)

Katy
Rodger’s Artisan Dairy

Knockraich
Crowdie

Knockraich
Crème Fraiche

Stirlingshire

Confectionery & Snacking

(sponsored by Asda)

Charlotte
Flower Chocolates

Wild
flavoured single origin chocolate thins

Perthshire

Non-Alcoholic Drink

(sponsored by Asda)

AG Barr
PLC

BARR’s
Originals

Lanarkshire

Alcoholic Drink

(sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn)

Ian
Macleod Distillers

Glengoyne
25 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

 

West
Lothian (Stirlingshire)

Fish & Seafood

(sponsored by The Crown Estate)

The
Argyll Smokery

 

Smoked
Fish Pates (Kiln Roasted, Smoked Salmon, Smoked Trout)

 

Argyll

Meat

(sponsored by The Grocer)

Peelham
Farm Produce

 

Peelham
Charcuterie

 

Borders

Foodservice Product of the Year

(sponsored by Sodexo)

Katy
Roger’s Artisan Dairy

 

Knockraich
Crowdie & Crème Fraiche

 

Stirlingshire

Commitment to Health

(sponsored by Rowett Institute)

Entier Ltd

 

 

Aberdeenshire

Brand Success of the Year

(sponsored by Palletforce)

Ian
Macleod Distillers

 

 

West
Lothian (Moray)

Export Business of the Year

(sponsored by Perth Food and Drink Park)

The
Scottish Salmon Company

 

 

Edinburgh

Innovation

(sponsored Queen Margaret University)

Bruichladdich
Distillery & The Agronomy Institute of UHI

 

 

Islay

Investing in People

(sponsored by Skills Development Scotland)

Dawnfresh
Seafoods Ltd

 

 

Lanarkshire

Success Through Partnership

(sponsored by SAOS)

Highland
Game Ltd

 

 

Angus

Environmental Sustainability

(sponsored by Resource Efficient Scotland)

Dawnfresh
Seafoods Ltd

 

 

Lanarkshire

Scottish Sourcing (sponsored by Taste Our Best, VisitScotland)

Born in
the Borders

 

 

Borders

Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur

(sponsored by Johnston Carmichael)

James
Watt

 

BrewDog

Aberdeenshire

Young Talent

(sponsored by Scottish Food and Drink Federation – A Future in
Food)

Jamie Hutcheon

 

Cocoa Ooze

Aberdeenshire

Product of the Year

(sponsored by RHASS)

Charlotte
Flower Chocolates

Meadowsweet
flavoured single origin chocolate thins

Perthshire

Business of the Year

(sponsored by Clydesdale Bank)

The
Scottish Salmon Company

 

 

 

Edinburgh

Outstanding Contribution to Food & Drink (sponsored by Scottish Government)

Jo &
James Macsween

Macsween

Edinburgh

Food Hero

(sponsored by The Herald)

Iain R.
Spink

Original
Smokies from Arbroath Ltd

 

Angus

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Stephen Emerson

Digital Editor for The Scotsman Publications. Studying Masters in Mobile Web Development at the University of the West of Scotland

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