- Loch Fyne Oysters’ Kinglas Fillet wins Product of the Year and Lazy Day Foods is named Business of the Year.
- Andrew Fairlie awarded posthumously for Outstanding Contribution to Scottish food and drink, announced by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
- 800 people attended the 2019 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards last night at Edinburgh Corn Exchange.
The leading lights of Scotland’s food and drink industry were toasting success at the 20th Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards in Edinburgh.
Among the big winners on the night were Loch Fyne Oysters, whose Kinglas Fillet of salmon scooped the top prize in the Product of the Year Category. North Lanarkshire-based Lazy Day Foods was named Business of the Year.
Hosted by restaurant critic, writer and broadcaster, Jay Rayner, the awards ceremony at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh was attended by more than 800 people from across the industry and the wider community.
52 food and drink businesses from across Scotland were named as finalists across the 19 product and business categories.
Well-known producers as well as innovative start-ups were winners on the night. Showcasing innovation, enterprise and above all else, excellence, in the Scottish food and drink scene, winners included: Grahams the Family Dairy, East Coast Cured, Dean’s, Harviestoun Brewery, Wester Spirit Co, Wild Fig, McCaskie Butchers, Three Chimneys and Aldi.
James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said:
“Winning an Excellence Award is more than simply having a well-written award entry – it’s testament to the commitment and dedication of our producers to creating truly exceptional products and business practices.
“The passion of the farmers, fishermen and food and drink producers within the industry is inspiring. The pursuit of perfection, combined with a genuine appetite for innovating, means we have some of the best businesses and products in the world and these awards give us the opportunity to celebrate that.
“Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and finalists.”
Among the guests was the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who presented the Outstanding Contribution Award posthumously to one of Scotland’s greatest chefs, Andrew Fairlie. The award was accepted by his wife, Kate Fairlie and acknowledged the impact Andrew Fairlie had on the sector, and the instrumental role he played in inspiring an entire generation of Scottish chefs.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“It was an honour and a privilege to present the Outstanding Contribution Award. Andrew Fairlie was one of Scotland’s greatest chefs and his passion for and promotion of Scottish food and drink inspired many people both here and abroad. While Andrew was taken from us far too soon, his contribution to the industry and to Scotland will always be remembered.
“Our food and drink industry is one of Scotland’s success stories, with recent figures showing this growth sector achieved record turnover, so it was fantastic to celebrate the people and businesses who are behind these achievements at the Excellence Awards.”
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.
The awards come in the wake of the announcement of the Scottish food and drink sector reaching a record high value, contributing £14.8bn to the Scottish economy.
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.
The awards are organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) and headline sponsor Asda.
The Finalists of the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2019
Artisanal Product – sponsored by Sodexo
East Coast Cured: Porcini & Truffle Salami
Bakery – sponsored by Scottish Bakers
Dean’s: Dean’s Steven Brown Art, Lizzie McCoo All Butter Shortbread
Confectionery, Drinks & Snacking – sponsored by Offshoot Design
The Drinks Bakery: Lancashire Cheese & Spring Onion Drinks Biscuits
Dairy – sponsored by DR Newitt
Torrylinn Creamery: Torrylinn Creamery Vintage Cheddar
Fish & Seafood – sponsored by Engage
Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd: Kinglass Fillet
Healthy Choice – sponsored by The Rowett Institute
Graham’s The Family Dairy: Skyr
Highly commended – Eat Balanced: Passata Power
Meat – sponsored by Reiser
East Coast Cured: Whisky Oak Smoked Nduja
Savouries & Accompaniments
WILD FIG: Seville Orange and Malt Whisky Marmalade
Scotch Product – sponsored by Quality Meat Scotland
McCaskie Butchers: McCaskie Unsmoked Back Bacon
Brewing – sponsored by Ascensos
Harviestoun Brewery: Ola Dubh 12
Highly commended – Six°North: Omnium
Distilling – sponsored by threebrand
Wester Spirit Co: Spiced Rum
PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd: Kinglass Fillet
Export Business of the Year – sponsored by Dentons
Scottish Sea Farms
Primary Producer of the Year – sponsored by Scotland’s Rural College
Yester Farm Dairies Ltd
Young Talent of the Year – sponsored by FDF Scotland & Skills Development Scotland
Aldomak: Jordan Russell
Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Johnston Carmichael
Lazy Day Foods: Sally Beattie & Emer Bustard
Scottish Sourcing (Multiple) – sponsored by Palletforce
Scottish Sourcing (Independent) – sponsored by CalMac
Business of the Year – sponsored by Clydesdale Bank
Lazy Day Foods