Shortlist announced for Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards

75 food and drink businesses from across Scotland are celebrating after being named as finalists for the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2023.

Published 4th Jul 2023
Updated 4 th Jul 2023

The annual Scotland Food & Drink Excellence awards, which have been running for over 22 years, recognise the highest quality produce as well as leading individuals, suppliers, and companies.

This year, winners will be announced at a black tie award night by TV personality Fred Sirieix on 7 September at the EICC.

Tasted categories in this year’s Excellence Awards focus on the standout products driving value and consumer choice in the market.

These categories have all been tasted and judged by an expert panel of industry buyers, chefs, hospitality leaders, and food and drink writers.

Shortlisted businesses and products represent the breadth of Scottish food and drink production, from quality shellfish to craft beer, dairy to tea, and confectionary to Scotch beef.

Showcasing innovation, enterprise and above all else, excellence, in the Scottish food and drink scene, businesses shortlisted include major producers like Graham’s, the Family Dairy, Bakkafrost, and Mackie’s, as well as smaller artisanal producers like Chocolatia, Scottish Honeyberry Growers, and The Wee Scottish Cider Company.

Iain Baxter, Chief Executive at Scotland Food & Drink, said: “Every year the Excellence Awards attract an incredibly diverse range of entries of seriously impressive quality.

“While tasting each of the products entered into the awards sounds like a dream, in reality, selecting the very best of the best has been extremely difficult for our expert judging panel.

"This year, judges remarked on the exceptional quality, innovation, and diversity of products on show. 

“The industry has been through a lot of challenges in recent years but it’s fantastic to see our food and drink businesses continue to pursue excellence in terms of their production and their broader business practices.

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“This year’s Awards will yet again be the premier night in one of Scotland’s most valuable and successful industries. Congratulations and good luck to all those shortlisted.”

75 food and drink businesses from across Scotland are celebrating after being named as finalists for the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2023.

Asda continues its support for the Excellence Awards as headline sponsor.

Ashley Connolly, Local Buying Manager Scotland, Asda, added: “Asda is honoured to support The Excellence Awards again this year, where we get to witness the passion that these Scottish producers have for their craft.

“Judging the tasted categories was a tough feat, but I, and the rest of the judging panel, believe the finalists are the best of the best within the industry.”

The full shortlist of finalists:

Taste:

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CategoryEntryProduct
Artisan Product of the YearOR-ganicPremium cold pressed organic rapeseed oil
Belhaven SmokehouseCharcoal smoked salmon
Brose OatsBrose Original Style
Angels Dare CocktailsSecret Orchard
Salar Smokehouse Ltd.Flaky Smoked Salmon
Bakery Product of the YearClootie McToot LtdApple pear and cinnamon clootie dumpling
Stockan's Oatcakes LtdOrkney Heritage Bere Barley chilli and cheese oatcakes
Lazy Day FoodsMini Vic the Vegan Catapillar Cake
Beer & Cider Product of the YearThe Wee Scottish Cider CompanySeidear, Champagne Method cider from Scottish castle gardens
Heather Ale Ltd/ Williams BrothersOrange Ginger Beer
Six°NorthFramboise
Confectionery Product of the YearFetcha ChocolatesCampbeltown Distilleries Collection
Ross's of Edinburgh LtdRoss's Butter Tablet Highland Cow Gift Box
ChocolatiaChloe’s Signature Collection
Braemar Chocolate ShopSpirit of Scotland selection
Mademoiselle MacaronFrench Macarons
Dairy Product of the YearMackie's of ScotlandStrawberry Swirl
Mossgiel Organic FarmMossgiel Organic Milk
Graham's The Family DairySkyr Pouches
Graham's The Family DairyKefir Yogurts
Distilling Product of the Year (White Spirits)North Uist Distillery Co.Downpour Scottish Dry Gin
Muckle BrigLind & Lime Gin
Isle of Barra Distillers Co.Barra Atlantic Gin
Distilling Product of the Year (Dark Spirits)Stravaig SpiritsTri Carragh
Duncan Taylor Scotch WhiskyBlack Bull 12-Year-Old blended Scotch whisky
Cabezon BeverageRon Cabezon
Fish & Seafood Product of the YearSt. James Smokehouse (Scotland) Ltd.Smoked Salmon Pure Royal Filet
Belhaven SmokehouseBelhaven Cure Cold Smoked Salmon
Bakkafrost ScotlandNative Hebridean Scottish Salmon
Campbells Prime Meat (Meat, Fish & Deli)Orkney Hand Dived Scallops
WeeCOOKWeeCOOK Fishwife Pie
Free From AwardBeastly BrewsPanther M*lk
Nudie SnacksCauliflower Crisps
Tilly Confectionery LtdMrs Tilly's Vegan Original Fudge 150g
Angelic Free From LtdSafetylicious Oat Squares
Healthier Choice Product of the YearGenius BrewingGen!us India Pale Ale
Graham's The Family DairyKefir Yogurts
The Prebiotic Company Ltd.ió fibrewater
Scottish Honeyberry GrowersFreeze Dried Honeyberries
Aye PickledKimchi
Meat Product of the YearGreat Glen CharcuterieGreen Pepper Venison Salami
Simon Howie FoodsBlack Label Gastro Burger
Highland Meats a division of Dunbia (UK)Angus 1808 Dry Aged Cote de Boeuf
East Coast CuredBlack Garlic & Oloroso Sherry Salami
Hugh Black & Sons LtdTraditional Haggis
Scotch Brand Product of the YearHugh Black & Sons LtdRibeye Fillet Steak
Hugh Black & Sons LtdScotch Lamb Valentine Steak
John Gilmour ButchersTweed Valley 35 day dry aged Cote de boeuf
Campbells Prime Meat LtdScotch lamb Valentine Steaks
Soft Drinks Product of the YearShibui TeaTropical Green
The Prebiotic Company Ltd.ió fibrewater
Kilduff Farm Kilduff FarmSweet Apple Juice
CruiceOriginal Lemonaidan
Snacks & Accompaniments Product of the YearAye PickledKimchi Hot Sauce
Findlaters Fine FoodsWilted Spinach and Ricotta Dip with Roasted Cashew nuts
Schoolyard ChilliesChocolate Chilli Pretzels
The Drinks BakeryDrinks Biscuits - Mature Cheddar, Smoked Chilli & Almond
Galloway Lodge LtdSpicy Pear Chutney

Business:

CategoryEntry
Best for Scottish (Independent)Cafe St Honore
John Gilmour Butchers
Mharsanta Restaurant & Bar
Hickory
Best for Scottish (Multiple)Scotmid Co-Operative
Asda Stores Ltd
Hugh Black & Sons
Aldi
Employer of the YearHickory
Aldi
Lazy Day Foods
Clootie McToot Ltd
Primary Producer of the YearDeer Manor Gourmet Mushrooms
Angus Soft Fruits
Regional Food and Drink AwardBowhouse
Outer Hebrides Tourism
Eat SW Scotland
Salar Smokehouse Ltd
Highland Food and Drink Trail Ltd
Sustainability AwardHighland Spring Group
Mackie's of Scotland
Albert Bartlett & Sons (Airdrie) Ltd
Angus Soft Fruits
Young TalentAlbert Bartlett- Rebecca Letham
A&D Hunter- Nia Hunter
Quaker- Aimee Scott
Tabrifics Ltd- Johnathan Livingstone Laing

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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