With 21 categories, there is plenty of opportunity for businesses of any size within the Scottish food and drink industry to enter.
Entries must be made through the online application form, which can be found here, the deadline is 5pm on Friday 24th February.
With new trends becoming apparent in the industry, the awards have introduced four new categories to ensure that every aspect of Scotland’s food and drink industry is covered.
The new categories added this year are; Own Label Product of the Year, Primary Producer of the Year, Brewing, and Distilling.
The awards are organised by Scotland Food & Drink and run in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), the headline sponsor is Asda.
James Withers, CEO Scotland Food & Drink said: “We’re lucky here in Scotland to have such a diverse and affluent food and drink industry. As the industry grows, it’s important that we recognise and celebrate this change wherever possible.
"With the addition of our new categories, we hope to welcome many young new and established pioneers in the industry, who are helping to make Scotland the worldwide food destination we are aiming for.
“Not only do the awards provide a platform to showcase your business, but they also contribute to building invaluable trade relationships and offer networking opportunities. So I would encourage all businesses to enter if they can, and we look forward to seeing you all on the night!”
The 21 categories are split into two groups: ‘Business’ and ‘Tasted’.
The Business categories include: Brand Success of the Year, Scottish Sourcing, and Young Talent. Whilst the tasted categories include: Distilling, Fish & Seafood, and Scotch Brand Product of the Year.
Winners of the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner on 18th May at Edinburgh’s EICC.
• To enter the awards, visit www.foodanddrink.scot