Scottish Organic Businesses Take Top Honours at BOOM Awards

Scottish Organic Businesses Take Top Honours at BOOM Awards

Winners of the prestigious BOOM (Best of Organic Market) Awards were announced on 5th July 2017 at a glittering ceremony held at Borough Market Hall in London. Two Scottish organic businesses took top honours.

Date:

Fri, 07 Jul 2017

Source:

Soil Association

The Soil Association’s BOOM Awards are the UK’s only dedicated organic awards celebrating people, producers, restaurants and brands working to produce food as it should be. Scotland’s Island Bakery and Café St Honoré impressed the judges and the public with their innovation and commitment to organic produce.

Island Bakery won the public vote, taking the Nation’s Favourite Organic Product award for their Lemon Melts biscuits. Based on the Isle of Mull and founded by Dawn and Joe Reade, Island Bakery says that they do their best to be environmentally sustainable by using both organic ingredients and local sources of renewable heat and power. They say their mission is “to make biscuits that taste brilliant” and it looks like they’ve succeeded. Joe Reade said: “We are absolutely delighted for our Lemon Melts to have been voted the Nations Favourite Organic Product. We knew they were something special ever since we concocted them in our kitchen at home on Mull 17 years ago. 

Since then, they have steadily acquired a devoted following. We don't have a huge marketing department - we rely on the biscuits selling themselves really - so to win this public vote is wonderful. Thanks to everyone who voted! It's also a great credit to our team of bakers, chocolate dippers, packers and everything-elsers in our little factory in Tobermory.”

The Best Organic Eating Out award was won by Café St Honoré, led by chef Neil Forbes. The restaurant serves a changing daily menu of the best Scottish produce in a bistro setting in Edinburgh’s New Town and every dish they produce contains an organic element. Neil Forbes, Café St Honoré, said “We are delighted to have won the Best Organic Eating Out award. To be included amongst so many other great places to eat is testimony, not just to the hard work the team at Cafe St Honoré, but to the small-scale producers, growers and true artisans who work hard to provide us with the finest produce our soils can grow.” 

These awards come at a time when appetite for organic in Scotland is growing – the latest figures from the Scottish Government show a big increase - sales growth in the organic sector in the year to February was 19.4%, taking it to £63.5 million. 

Soil Association Scotland Business Development Manager, Alison Muirhead said: “The organic market in Scotland is booming and more and more people are looking for, buying and talking about organic. I think it’s particularly special that Scottish businesses are shining in these UK-wide awards.” 

 

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