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 closed for entries on Friday 27th February. The shortlist has been announced and the full shortlist is further down the page.

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. This year's Awards ceremony has now sold out!

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

The Ultimate Hotlist: Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards Shortlist Announced

A record breaking 239 entries were received for the awards, up from 153 in 2014. In the course of their assessment of the award applications, the retail and foodservice judging panel tasted 161 product entries during a two day tasting session, examining submissions from 116 businesses across Scotland. The full shortlist for 2015 is as follows:

Soup, Preserves & Accompaniments (Sponsored by Asda)    

  • Audrey Baxter Signature Range - Rhubarb & Ginger Curd, Raspberry Curd, Passion Fruit & Mango Curd
  • Galloway Chillies - Chilli Burns
  • Isle of Skye Sea Salt Co - 150g Fine Grain    

Bakery & Cereal Based (Sponsored by Asda)    

  • Golspie Mill - Rustic Bites- wholemeal Highland Bites, Rustic Bites- Cranachan
  • Pulsetta Foods Ltd - Pulsetta Savoury Thins
  • Wooleys of Arran - Wooleys of Arran Range   

Dairy (sponsored by Asda)    

  • Arran Dairies - Arran Gold Dairy Ice Cream
  • Errington Cheese Ltd - Lanark Blue Dunsyre Blue Corra Linn
  • Katy Rodger’s Artisan Dairy - Knockraich Crowdie & Crème Fraiche    

Confectionery & Snacking (sponsored by Asda)

  • Charlotte Flower Chocolates - Hebridean Sea Salt caramel filled chocolates
  • Charlotte Flower Chocolates - Wild flavoured single origin chocolate thins
  • Mademoiselle Macaron - Macaron Box of 12

Non-Alcoholic Drink (sponsored by Asda)

  • AG Barr PLC - BARR’s Originals
  • Pekoe Tea - Secret Herb Garden Duchess Grey, Secret Herb Garden Scot's Earl Grey,  Secret Herb Garden Earl Grey
  • Summerhouse Drinks Ltd - Lavender Lemonade, Scottish Raspberry Lemonade

Alcoholic Drink (sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn)

  • Dunnet Bay Distillers - Rock Rose Gin
  • Ian Macleod Distillers - Glengoyne 25 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Ogilvy Spirits - Ogilvy Scottish Potato Vodka

Fish & Seafood (sponsored by The Crown Estate)

  • Gigha Halibut - Smoked Gigha Halibut
  • J Lawrie & Sons (Jaffys) - Jaffys Traditional Mallaig Kippers
  • The Argyll Smokery - Smoked Fish Pates (Kiln Roasted, Smoked Salmon, Smoked Trout)

Meat (sponsored by The Grocer)    

  • Hopetoun Farm Shop - Hopetoun Venison (Steak, Rack and Rolled Loin)
  • Peelham Farm produce - Peelham Charcuterie
  • Simon Howie Foods - The Wee Black Pudding

Foodservice Product of the Year (sponsored by Sodexo)    

  • CANAPE – Choosing A New And Positive Employment - Canape's Scottish Curried Goat
  • Katy Roger’s Artisan Dairy - Knockraich Crowdie & Crème Fraiche
  • Stuart and Swan Chocolatiers - The Jewel Collection

Commitment to Health (sponsored by Rowett Institute)    

  • Broomhouse Health Strategy Group
  • Entier Limited
  • LoSalt

Brand Success of the Year (sponsored by Palletforce)

  • Ian Macleod Distillers
  • Plant-n-Grow Ltd

Export Business of the Year (sponsored by Perth Food and Drink Park)    

  • BrewDog
  • Mackays Ltd
  • The Scottish Salmon Company

Innovation (sponsored Queen Margaret University)    

  • Bruichladdich Distillery and The Agronomy Institute of UHI
  • Peel Tech Ltd
  • Scarletts (Scotland)

Investing in People (sponsored by Skills Development Scotland)    

  • Baxters Food Group
  • Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd
  • Loch Fyne Oysters

Success Through Partnership (sponsored by SAOS)

  • Highland Game Ltd
  • Scottish Cold Pressed Rapeseed Group
  • The Food and Drink Hub (Scotland) Ltd

Environmental Sustainability (sponsored by Resource Efficient Scotland)

  • Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd
  • Ivan Wood & Sons
  • Scotbeef Ltd

Scottish Sourcing (sponsored by Taste Our Best, VisitScotland)

  • Born in the Borders
  • Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac Ferries Ltd)
  • Lazy Sunday

Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur (sponsored by Johnston Carmichael)    

  • Christian Nissen - Highland Game Ltd
  • James Watt - BrewDog
  • John P Campbell OBE - Glenrath Farms Ltd & J P Campbell and Sons
  • Tracey Hogarth & Ross Currie - Freedom Brands Ltd

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

  • Danielle Ritchie - Entier Ltd
  • Darren Halliday - Burn Stewart Distillers    
  • Jamie Hutcheon - Cocoa Ooze

Food Hero (sponsored by The Herald)

  • Bruce Bennett - Pillars of Hercules
  • Iain R Spink - Original Smokies from Arbroath Ltd
  • Mark Williams - Galloway Wild Foods


  • Category Criteria 2015 Adobe Acrobat / 100 KB

    A full overview of category criteria.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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