Excellence Awards

The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards recognise those businesses and individuals in Scotland who are leading the way with innovation, enterprise and quality. Entries are encouraged from small, medium and large food and drink producers. Support for the awards comes from a range of organisations and reflects the breadth of the industry. The awards are run by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with RHASS. The title sponsor is Asda and the awards are supported by Think Local.

A helpful overview of the awards, its categories and their criteria is provided at the bottom of this page. A full list of 2015's winners can be found here. Watch a short clip of the awards here.

Launch Thursday 7th January
Deadline for applications Friday 11th March
Finalists announced Monday 25th April
Awards ceremony and dinner Thursday 2nd June

The awards are open to Scottish food and drink companies whose products or offerings are wholly or mainly produced, processed and packaged in Scotland. Applications for members of SF&D and RHASS are £25+VAT and £45+VAT for non-members, there is no limit to the number of categories or products businesses can enter. The deadline for entries is Friday 11th March.

                Soup, Preserves & Accompaniments sponsored by Asda
                Dairy sponsored by Asda
                Meat sponsored by Asda
                Confectionery & Snacking sponsored by Asda
                Non-Alcoholic Drink sponsored by Asda
                Alcoholic Drink sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn
                Fish & Seafood sponsored by The Crown Estate
                Bakery & Cereal Based sponsored by Scottish Bakers
                Foodservice Product of the Year sponsored by Sodexo
                Commitment to Health sponsored by Rowett Institute
                Brand Success of the Year sponsored by Palletforce
                Export Business of the Year sponsored by Bank of Scotland
                Innovation sponsored by The Grocer
                Investing in People sponsored by Skills Development Scotland
                Success Through Partnership sponsored by SAOS
                Environmental Sustainability sponsored by Resource Efficient Scotland
                Scottish Sourcing sponsored by Taste Our Best, VisitScotland
                Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur sponsored by Johnston Carmichael
                Young Talent sponsored by SFDF – A Future in Food

Product of the Year (sponsored by RHASS) and Business of the Year (sponsored by Clydesdale Bank) are not entered categories. The winners are picked by the judging panel as champion of champions from category winners.

Ex Awards Logo 2016

All applications must be made online. To aid preparation, application forms in PDF format are available here if desired. Only submissions through the online system will be judged.

Awards Ceremony & Dinner 700 people are expected to attend the awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday 2nd June at the EICC and it is anticipated that places will sell fast as in previous years. Tickets are available at the SF&D/RHASS member rate of £99+VAT per place while the non-member rate is £199+VAT. Tables comprise ten places, a maximum purchase of two tables per company.

The attendance of finalists is a condition of entry. Two tickets are made available to shortlisted companies at the time finalists are notified, these are offered at the discounted SF&D/RHASS member rate of £99+VAT per ticket. Any remaining tickets will be released in early May once finalists have been accommodated.

The Excellence Awards have sold out and a waiting list is in operation. Tickets will be released to the waiting list on a first come first served basis.

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


  • Category & Criteria Overview Adobe Acrobat / 447 KB

    A useful overview of the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, the categories and their 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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