Judging

Entries are welcomed from food and drink suppliers of all sizes across Scotland who can demonstrate their passion for their business and ambitions for growth. Judging for the awards is blind in both written and tasted sections. In tasted categories all products are prepared for the judges by qualified chefs. Tasted products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context.

 

Judging Panel

Our judging panel is made up of decision making buyers, influencers and chefs from across the food and drink sector, from retail to plate.

Bringing real commercial edge and years of industry experience, last year we welcomed judges from Asda, Marks & Spencer, Ocado, Costco, Inverarity Morton, Co-op, Sodexo and Casual Dining Group.

Watch this space for our 2020 judges announcement and follow us on @scotfooddrink #EA2020

Judging Criteria

Judges are looking for informative and well-planned answers. Entrants are solely responsible for the accuracy of the information they supply. Neither organisers nor judges will have capacity to carry out additional research; therefore entrants should ensure that all questions are answered.

All entrants will receive written feedback reports which include the comments and opinions of the Judges.

Entries will be allocated points for their applications, weighted as follows:

Tasted Categories

Application form – 30%
Packaging – 15%
Tasted – 55%

Business Categories

Application form – 100%
(Unless stated otherwise on application form. E.g. Interview process.)

 

For our product awards, judging for the alcohol categories will take place on Wednesday 11 March and food categories will be judged on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 March 2020.

The final decision will be made by the judging panel with judging Chair having the casting vote if required.

All entries for each category will be narrowed down to a shortlist of four. This shortlist will be published at the beginning of April and all entrants notified as to their shortlisting or otherwise.

The finalist companies will be announced on Tuesday 1 April.

 

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