SF&D 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. Applications for members of SF&D and RHASS are £25+VAT and £45+VAT for non-members per entry, there is no limit to the number of categories or products businesses can enter.

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 and Food and Drink at SRUC, the title sponsor is Asda.

The awards timeline is as follows:

  • Launch Thursday 12th January
  • Deadline for business category applications Thursday 2nd March
  • Finalists announced Thursday 6th April
  • Awards ceremony and dinner Thursday 18th May at the EICC: book your tickets  


800 people are expected to attend the awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday 18th May at the EICC and it is anticipated that places will sell fast as in previous years. 

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 finalists rate of £95+VAT.

Tickets are available at the SF&D/RHASS member rate of £125+VAT per place while the non-member rate is £250+VAT. Tables comprise ten places, a maximum purchase of two tables per company.

All tickets sales are made though the online portal here, buy your tickets today. 


We would like to thank our sponsors:

  • Title sponsor is Asda
  • Savouries & Accompaniments sponsored by Connect Local
  • Dairy sponsored by Michael Page
  • Scotch Brand Product of the Year sponsored by Quality Meat Scotland 
  • Meat sponsored by Kimberley Watson Packaging
  • Fish & Seafood sponsored by DR Newitt
  • Confectionery, Drinks & Snacking sponsored by New Town Partnership
  • Brewing sponsored by Heriot Watt University
  • Distilling sponsored by Invest in Perth 
  • Bakery sponsored by Scottish Bakers 
  • Foodservice Product of the Year sponsored by Sodexo 
  • Healthy Choice sponsored by The Rowett Institute 
  • Own Label Product of the Year sponsored by The Grocer
  • Primary Producer of the Year sponsored by SRUC
  • Scottish Sourcing sponsored by CalMac
  • Brand Success of the Year sponsored by Palletforce
  • Export Business of the Year sponsored by Maclay Murray & Spens
  • Success Through Partnership sponsored by SAOS
  • Environmental Sustainability sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland
  • Employer of the Year – Investing in Skills sponsored by Skills Development Scotland
  • Young Talent sponsored by FDF Scotland
  • Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Johnston Carmichael
  • Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Government, RHASS
  • Polaris, Lux, Diageo The Scotsman


  • 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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