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Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016

7 Jun 2016

SFD Awards 2016


It would not be outrageous to say that the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards are the most highly anticipated event for the industry in Scotland and can surely be hailed as the ‘Oscars’ of the sector. It is an event that accelerates growth phenomenally every year, with 2016 bringing a record of 800 food and drink savvy individuals together in celebration of another prosperous year for Scotland Food and Drink.


Out of 245 entries, twenty businesses were selected after a meticulous judging process, and assigned to nine different product-focused categories. From small, grassroots companies such as macaroon expert Macamoon and sweet fruit and herb vinegar maker The Little Herb Farm, to industry giants such as Aldi and Entier Ltd, the broad spectrum of finalists epitomised the cream of Scotland’s booming food and drink industry. Each brand payed homage to Scotland with an array of products such as seaweed flakes sourced locally by hand, piccalilli proudly showcasing a Scottish family’s farming heritage, as well as an assortment of traditional spirits with innovative flair.


Prior, Eden Scott’s Food and Drink team organised a Pre-Award Drinks Reception in anticipation for Awards ceremony. Invaluable socialising and conversing granted further insight into both small and large food and drink businesses, many who had been shortlisted to take the titles of the Excellence Awards. Many thanks to all who were able to attend and we look forward to hosting again next year.


The magnitude of the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards 2016 is not only an inspiration to promote the continuation of extraordinary growth, but undoubtedly foretells of a promising future for years to come.


The list below cites the well-deserving finalists and winners and we firmly echo Scotland Food and Drink Chief Executive James Withers in congratulations:


"Congratulations to all winners and finalists who have been selected from a record number of entries by our panel of more than 35 judges. They recognise the people, products and practices which make Scotland a Land of Food and Drink and represent the wealth of our industry from artisan producers to established brands.” - SFD


Soup, Preserves & Accompaniments sponsored by Asda

  • Mara Seaweed – Shony Flakes (winner)
  • The Little Herb Farm – Raspberry, Mint & Chilli Vinegar
  • Mackays Ltd – Dundee Orange Marmalade

Dairy sponsored by Asda             

  • Graham’s The Family Dairy – Graham’s The Family Dairy Spreadable Butter (winner)
  • Mackie’s of Scotland – Mackie’s White Chocolate and Coconut Indulgent Dairy Ice Cream
  • Yester Farm Dairies Ltd – Natural Cottage Cheese

Meat sponsored by Asda             

  • The Buffalo Farm – Fillet Steak (winner)
  • Simon Howie Foods Ltd – Salt-Aged Aberdeen Angus Rib Eye Steak
  • Great Glen Charcuterie – Venison Salami

Confectionery & Snacking sponsored by Asda

  • Macamoon – Macamoon’s Scottish Selection (winner)
  • Mackie’s of Scotland – Mackie’s 70% Dark Chocolate with MINT
  • Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier – Velvet Truffles

Non-Alcoholic Drink sponsored by Asda

  • Cuddybridge Apple Juice – Cuddybridge Apple Juice (winner)
  • Summerhouse Drinks – Walter Gregor’s Tonic Water

Alcoholic Drink sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn

  • RTM Sales Solutions Ltd – Magnum scotch malt whisky cream liqueur(winner)
  • Gordon Castle Scotland – Gordon Castle Raspberry Gin
  • Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd. – Holy Grass Vodka

Fish & Seafood sponsored by The Crown Estate

  • John Ross Jr (Aberdeen) Ltd – Balmoral Fillet (winner)
  • Loch Fyne Oysters – Bradan Orach
  • Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group – Morrisons Signature Coquille St. Jacques

Bakery & Cereal-Based sponsored by Scottish Bakers

  • Stoats – Hedgerow Muesli (winner)
  • Border Biscuits – Border Biscuits Classic Sharing Selection
  • Duncan’s of Deeside – Rasperry and white chocolate All Butter Shortbread

Foodservice Product of the Year sponsored by Sodexo

  • Millers Larder Ltd – Perfyit Piccalilli (winner)
  • Cullisse Highland Rapeseed Oil – Cullisse Highland Rapeseed Oil
  • Summerhouse Drinks – Sparkling Raspberry Drink

Commitment to Health sponsored by Rowett Institute

  • Eat Balanced (winner)
  • Duncan’s of Deeside Gluten Free

Brand Success of the Year sponsored by Palletforce

  • Graham’s The Family Dairy (winner)
  • Border Biscuits
  • Mackie’s of Scotland

Export Business of the Year sponsored by Bank of Scotland

  • Associated Seafoods Ltd (winner)
  • Loch Duart Ltd
  • Mackie’s at Taypack Ltd

Innovation sponsored by The Grocer      

  • Scottish Sea Farms Ltd (winner)
  • Peel Tech Ltd
  • Stirling Potatoes Ltd (Stirfresh)

Investing in People sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

  • Loch Fyne Oysters (winner)
  • The Scottish Salmon Company
  • Entier Limited

Success Through Partnership sponsored by SAOS          

  • Aldi and The Natural Fruit & Beverage Company (winner)
  • Taste of Arran
  • Connage Highland Dairy and Hebridean Smokehouse

Environmental Sustainability sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland

  • Ivan Wood & Sons (winner)
  • Kettle Produce Ltd
  • Paterson Arran Ltd

Scottish Sourcing sponsored by Taste Our Best, VisitScotland

  • Ninth Wave Restaurant (winner)
  • Calmac Ferries Ltd
  • Edinburgh Larder

Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur sponsored by Johnston Carmichael

  • William J Walker, BenRiach Distillery Co Ltd (winner)
  • Craig Anderson, The Scottish Salmon Company
  • Andrew Stirling, Stirling Potatoes Ltd (Stirfresh)

Young Talent sponsored by SFDF- A Future in Food

  • Daniel Sherry, Eden Mill – Area: Alcoholic Beverages (winner)
  • Siobhan Macleaod, WooHa Brewing Company – Area: Brewing

Food Pioneer sponsored by The Scotsman           

  • Fred Berkmiller, chef (winner)
  • Beth Berry, market operator
  • Arbikie, gin and vodka producer

Product of the Year (sponsored by RHASS) and Business of the Year (sponsored by Clydesdale Bank) are not entered categories. The winners are picked by the judging panel as champion of champions from category winners.

Product of the Year

  • Macamoon – Macamoon’s Scottish Selection

Business of the Year

  • Scottish Sea Farms Ltd

Outstanding Contribution to Food & Drink

  • Jim Walker, Walkers Shortbread
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