Fifty-two food and drink businesses from across Scotland are celebrating after being named as finalists for the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2019.

The annual awards which recognise the highest quality produce as well as the leading individuals, suppliers and companies, received a record 320 entries across all categories, a 20% increase from 2018, most notably in distilling which increased from 18 in 2018 to 41 this year.

Now in its 20th year, the Excellence Awards is restructured for 2019 and focuses on the standout products driving value and consumer choice in the market in line with the overarching Ambition 2030 strategy to double the value of the industry.

Winners from all 19 categories will be announced in front of 800 guests at the prestigious awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday 23 May 2019 at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.

Showcasing innovation, enterprise and above all else, excellence, in the Scottish food and drink scene, the finalists included: Mackie’s of Scotland, Graham’s the Family Dairy, Bidfood Scotland, Brakes Scotland, Aldi, Lidl, and The Three Chimneys.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said:

“Every year the Excellence Awards attracts an incredibly diverse range of entrants, all of which are of a very high quality. This year we’ve had a record number of entries and the standard has never been higher.

“While tasting each of the products entered into the awards sounds like a dream, in reality, selecting the very best of the best has been extremely difficult for our expert judging panel.

“Now celebrating its 20th year, the Awards will yet again be the premier night in one of Scotland’s most valuable and successful industries. Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists.”

Kevin McBride, Vice President for Scotland at Asda, said:

“Asda is proud to support the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards in its 20th year and help to celebrate the exceptional quality and innovation in Scotland’s thriving food and drink industry.  At Asda, we recognise the importance of Scottish sourcing for our customers and our suppliers, and the Awards are an opportunity to showcase the talented individuals and businesses who are driving this national success story.”

Tickets for the glittering awards ceremony and dinner are available from Scotland Food & Drink priced at £125+VAT for Scotland Food & Drink members or £250+VAT for non-members. Finalists are offered tickets at the discounted rate of £95+VAT. Tickets can be purchased from Scotland Food & Drink here.

Organised by Scotland Food & Drink and in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) and headline sponsor Asda.

The full list of finalists appears below.

The Finalists of the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2019

Artisanal Product – sponsored by Sodexo

East Coast Cured: Fennel Salami

East Coast Cured: Porcini & Truffle Salami

Kinrara Distillery Ltd: Kinrara Artist Edition Gins

Salar Smokehouse: Flaky Smoked Salmon


Bakery – sponsored by Scottish Bakers

Aldi: Specially Selected Gluten Free Brownie

Dean’s: Dean’s Sour Cherry & Dark Chocolate Scottish Shortbread

Dean’s: Dean’s Steven Brown Art, Lizzie McCoo All Butter Shortbread


Confectionery, Drinks & Snacking – sponsored by Offshoot Design

Growers Garden: Broccoli Crisps with Sour Cream & Chive

Left Field Kombucha: Oolong Kombucha Tea

The Drinks Bakery: Lancashire Cheese & Spring Onion Drinks Biscuits

The Drinks Bakery: Mature Cheddar, Smoked Chilli & Almond Drinks Biscuits


Dairy – sponsored by DR Newitt

Graham’s The Family Dairy: Skyr

The Island Smokery: Orkney Dark Island Ale Cheddar

Torrylinn Creamery: Torrylinn Creamery Vintage Cheddar

Yester Farm Dairies Ltd: Cottage Cheese


Fish & Seafood – sponsored by Engage

Campbells & Co Smokehouse Ltd: Beetroot & Dill Smoked Salmon D Sliced Whole Side

Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd: Kinglass Fillet

Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd: Bradan Rost

Ritchie’s of Rothesay: Ritchie’s of Rothesay Smoked Trout


Healthy Choice – sponsored by The Rowett Institute

Equi’s Ice Cream: Vanilla 98

Graham’s The Family Dairy: Skyr

New Wave Foods: SHORE Seaweed Puffed Snacks

Eat Balanced: Passata Power


Meat – sponsored by Reiser

Aldi: Specially Selected Steak & Ale Pie

Great Glen Charcuterie: Scottish Pork Salami

PR DUFF Ltd (MACDUFF 1890): Mangalitsa

East Coast Cured: Whisky Oak Smoked Nduja


Savouries & Accompaniments

Aldi: Specially Selected Lockerbie Cheddar Oatcake Bites

R&W Scott Limited: Asda Extra Special Morello Cherry Conserve

WILD FIG: Seville Orange and Malt Whisky Marmalade

The Spice Witch: Mango and Chilli Chutney


Scotch Product – sponsored by Quality Meat Scotland

Aldi: Specially Selected Aberdeen Angus Ribeye Steak 36 Day Aged

Campbell Brothers: Buccleuch Scotch Beef PGI Dry Bone in Sharing Rib Chop

McCaskie Butchers: McCaskie Unsmoked Back Bacon

McCaskie Butchers: Specially Selected Scotch Native Breed Sirloin Steak


Brewing – sponsored by Ascensos

Fyne Ales: Jarl

Aldi: Rubus IPA

Harviestoun Brewery: Ola Dubh 12

Six°North: Omnium


Distilling – sponsored by threebrand

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers Limited: Kintyre Botanical Gin

Shetland Distillery Company Ltd: Shetland Reel Original Gin

The Glasgow Distillery: 1770 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The Port of Leith Distillery: Lind & Lime Gin

Wester Spirit Co: Spiced Rum

Export Business of the Year – sponsored by Dentons

Scottish Salmon Company

Scottish Sea Farms

Mackie’s of Scotland

Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd


Primary Producer of the Year – sponsored by Scotland’s Rural College

Angus Soft Fruits

Summer Harvest Oils

Yester Farm Dairies Ltd

Scottish Salmon Company


Young Talent of the Year – sponsored by FDF Scotland & Skills Development Scotland

Veg Co: Ellie Louise Sinclair

Aldomak: Jordan Russell

Loomshed Hebridean Brewery: Calum Bennett


Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Johnston Carmichael

Lazy Day Foods: Sally Beattie & Emer Bustard

Mackintosh of Glendaveny: Gregor Mackintosh

Dunnet Bay Distillers: Martin Murray


Scottish Sourcing (Multiple) – sponsored by Palletforce



Bidfood Scotland

Lidl UK

Brakes Scotland


Scottish Sourcing (Independent) – sponsored by CalMac

Three Chimneys

Ninth Wave


The Bay Fish & Chips


Business of the Year – sponsored by Clydesdale Bank

Angus Soft Fruits

Equi’s Ice Cream

Lazy Day Foods

Mackie’s of Scotland

The Scottish Salmon Company




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