Shortlist for Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards Announced

Shortlisted companies for the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards have been announced.


Tue, 19 Apr 2011


Scotland Food & Drink

Some 53 entries have so far been shortlisted for the 2011 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, representing some of Scotland’s finest food and drink products and businesses. Shortlisted companies include Stoats Porridge Bars, drinks producer VC2 Brands and Macphie of Glenbervie.   

The winners will be unveiled at an awards ceremony at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday 26 May. Guests will enjoy a special menu designed by renowned Scottish chef, Nick Nairn and the event will be hosted by a mystery compère from the food and drink world.

2011 marks the fifteenth year of the Excellence Awards which are jointly organised by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and Scotland Food & Drink.

Winning one of the accolades can have a real commercial impact as Aisling Thornton, marketing executive at Scotherbs, winner of the best fruit or vegetable product in 2010, explains: “We have used the Excellence Awards logo in a variety of marketing literature to show the high quality of our produce. It’s resulted in great PR opportunities and has boosted sales due to the increased product awareness.”

Still to be announced is the shortlist for the Young Scottish Chef of the Year which will crown Scotland’s best young chef.  Shortlisted entrants will participate in a cook-off in front of a panel of high profile judges including chef Martin Wishart to demonstrate not only their skills but their passion for Scottish ingredients.

Many of the winners of the Highlands & Islands Food and Drink Awards and the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards were automatically shortlisted for this year’s Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.*

The Shortlist

 Soup, Preserve, Accompaniments - sponsored by Clydesdale Bank

  • Huntly Herbs – Hot Lemon Relish
  • Huntly Herbs – Black Isle Porter Chutney
  • Summer Harvest Oils – Summer Harvest Bramble & Juniper Dressing

Fish & Seafood - sponsored by Clydesdale Bank

  • Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK Limited – Wild Waters Smoked Salmon & Gravadlax
  • Moray Seafoods Ltd – Shellfish & Seafood Range
  • St James’ Smokehouse – St James Scotch Reserve Smoked Salmon Range
  • Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd – Loch Fyne Citrus & Black Pepper Infused Scottish Smoked Salmon

Bakery & Cereal-based - sponsored by Clydesdale Bank

  • Border Biscuits Ltd – Gourmet Goodness Range
  • Nairn’s Oatcakes Ltd – Gluten Free Porridge, Muesli & Oatcakes
  • Stoats – Porridge Oat Bars in eight flavours
  • Tilquhillie Fine Foods – Oaties Sweet Biscuit Range

Meat (Red, White & Game) – sponsored by Clydesdale Bank

  • The Blackface Meat Company – Pheasant Stuffed with Haggis
  • Castle MacLennan Foods Limited – Duchy Originals Chicken/Pork Pates
  • The Deeside Smokehouse – Venison Salami & Chorizo
  • The Store – Braised Lamb Pie
  • The Store – Six Nations Sausages range
  • Great Glen Game – Charcuterie made with Pure Wild Scottish Venison
  • Taste of Bute – Sleeping Warrior Hot Smoked Sausage 

Drink (Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic) – sponsored by Clydesdale Bank

  • VC2 Brands – 1488 Premium Whisky Beer
  • Spencerfield Spirit Co Ltd – Edinburgh Gin
  • VC2 Brands – Stiffy’s Original Jaffa Cake Flavoured Premium Vodka Liqueur 

Dairy Product - sponsored by Clydesdale Bank

  • Graham’s The Family Dairy – 1% Organic Milk
  • Graham’s The Family Dairy – Flavoured Ice Cream Range
  • Macphie of Glenbervie – DeviliShh’ Range of Premium Puddings

Confectionery & Snacking - sponsored by Clydesdale Bank

  • Cocoa Ooze Chocolates – Deluxe Range of Flavoured Chocolates
  • DipNation – Chunky Dips
  • Mackie’s at Taypack – Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper Flavour Crisps

Food Service - sponsored by Sodexo

  • The Deeside Smokehouse – Venison Salami & Chorizo
  • Lazy Day Foods – Mini Iced Loaf Cake Range
  • Macphie of Glenbervie – Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • St James’ Smokehouse – Innovatively Flavoured Hot Smoked & Cold Smoked Salmon

Product Innovation - sponsored by Johnston Carmichael

  • Saladworx – Salad Leaves, Herbs & Edible Flowers
  • Spencerfield Spirit Co Ltd – Edinburgh Gin
  • Macsween of Edinburgh – Macsween 1-minute Haggis Range
  • Stoats – Strawberry & Coconut Oat Bar

Healthy Choices/Healthy Eating - sponsored by Food & Health Alliance

  • McGhee’s Bakery – Scotch Pie with 40% Less Fat
  • Supernature – Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil
  • Tio Ltd – Prepared Crunchy Organic Carrot Portions

International Business of the Year – sponsored by Speyside Glenlivet

  • St James’ Smokehouse
  • The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Limited
  • Lossie Seafoods Ltd

Marketing Initiative of the Year – sponsored by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland

  • Graham’s The Family Dairy – Graham’s Family Dairy brand
  • Gordon and MacPhail – Launch of the world’s oldest Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Simon Howie Foods – Simon Howie brand development campaign 

Success Through Working in Partnerships - sponsored by the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society

  • McGhee’s Bakery – Pars Foods Ltd & Mr Singh’s Indian Restaurant
  • The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa – Program of suppliers lunches
  • Rivermill Ltd – Nick Nairn, Rivermill & manufacturers

Profiting Through Skills – sponsored by the Scotland Food & Drink Skills Academy (SFDSA)

  • AK Stoddart Ltd
  • Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation
  • VC2 Brands

Environmental Sustainability – sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland

  • Angus Soft Fruits
  • Macrae Edinburgh
  • Eden Springs

Food Tourism – sponsored by VisitScotland

  • G&G Sinclair – Craigie’s Farm Deli & Cafe
  • Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier – Scottish Chocolate Centre
  • Waterfront Bar & Seafood Restaurant

*Judges did their best to ensure that, wherever possible, a shortlisting was made for Grampian and H&I winners but differing systems and judging criteria between the three awards meant that it wasn’t possible every time.

Other Award and Ceremony sponsors include:    

D8 Design

Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel


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