Excellence Awards

The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, run in partnership with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), have been recognising and rewarding the very best in Scottish food and drink for many years. The title sponsor is Asda and the awards are supported by Think Local.

Nineteen entered categories celebrate excellent Scottish food and drink across retail, foodservice and business awards. A full list of categories and their criteria is available to download at the bottom of this page.

The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards are open for entries from Thursday 8th January until the deadline of Friday 27th February. A fee applies to all entries, this is £25+VAT for members of SF&D/RHASS and £45+VAT for non-members. To apply for the awards, please find a link to all entry forms below.

Award CategorySponsorApplication
Soups, Preserves, Accompaniments Asda Title Sponsor Apply
Bakery and Cereal-based Products Asda Title Sponsor Apply
Dairy Asda Title Sponsor Apply
Confectionery & Snacking Asda Title Sponsor Apply
Non-Alcoholic Drink  Asda Title Sponsor Apply
 Alcoholic Drink Shepherd and Wedderburn Apply
Fish & Seafood The Crown Estate Apply
Meat The Grocer Apply
Foodservice Product of the Year Sodexo Apply
Commitment to Health Rowett Institute Apply
Brand Success of the Year Palletforce Apply
Export Business of the Year Perth Food and Drink Park Apply
Innovation Queen Margaret University Apply
Investing in People Skills Development Scotland Apply
Success Through Partnership SAOS Apply
Environmental Sustainability Resource Efficient Scotland Apply
Scottish Sourcing Taste our Best Apply
Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur Johnston Carmichael Apply
Young Talent SFDF - A Future in Food Apply

 

For the first time ever, it is possible to nominate businesses and individuals to enter the Excellence Awards business categories. Nominate here by the deadline of Friday 30th January. Nominees will be contacted in early February and encouraged to enter at the discounted member rate of £25+VAT by the deadline for entries of 27th February. It is hoped that this will encourage businesses and individuals to enter when they might not otherwise throw their hat in to the ring.

Food Hero is a brand new category of the Excellence Awards. Sponsored by The Herald, this award is voted for by the public. Full information and details of how to nominate are available here.

The Excellence Awards ceremony and dinner will take place on Wednesday 27th May at the National Museum for Scotland in Edinburgh, the evening will begin with a drinks reception at 6.30pm. Tickets for the event are now SOLD OUT, contact Gillian Cullen on 0131 335 0940 or by email to join the waiting list. Prices are as follows:

       Member of SF&D/RHASS £99+VAT per ticket or £900+VAT per table of ten
       Non-member £199+per ticket or £1900+VAT per table of ten

Additional queries concerning the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards should be directed to Sophie Fraser by email or on 0131 335 0952.

Documents

  • Category Criteria 2015 Adobe Acrobat / 100 KB

    A full overview of category criteria.

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  • Getting the most from your award Adobe Acrobat / 1,122 KB

    This document provides winners advice on how to make the most of your award success. There are opportunities around every corner and this document aims to help you make the most of them.

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  • Entering Food and Drink Awards Adobe Acrobat / 1,166 KB

    This document provides advice on how to write succesful award applications. Companies who have been shortlisted for award categories previously have proven successful in submitting comprehensive, high quality award entries.

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  • Excellence Awards Winners Retail Category Adobe Acrobat / 281 KB

    In 2012, Macsween and Nairn's Oatcakes both won Excellence Awards in retail categories. In this case study they explain why they entered the Excellence Awards and the benefits of doing so.

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  • Excellence Awards Winners Business Category Adobe Acrobat / 280 KB

    In 2012, Orkney Fishermen's Society and Scotty Brand both won Excellence Awards in business categories. In this case study they explain why they entered the Excellence Awards and the benefits of doing so.

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  • Excellence Award Winners Non-Alcoholic Drink Category Adobe Acrobat / 404 KB

    In 2014, Cuddybridge Apple Juice was successful in winning the Non-Alcoholic Drink category of the Excellence Awards. They explain how entering has benefitted the business. 

     

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Excellence Awards Nominations
Herald Food Hero
Year of Food and Drink 2015

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