Entries are being invited for Scotland’s Food and Drink “Oscars”, which will be presented at a glittering ceremony in Edinburgh later this year.
The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2013 promise to be the food lovers’ event of the year, and they will recognise excellence across 17 different categories.
The awards, with headline sponsor Asda, are organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).
The categories include nine food and drink taste awards; Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur and Export Business of the Year.
The chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink, James Withers, has urged food and drink businesses to enter.
“The Scottish food and drink industry is in fantastic shape and the Excellence Awards recognise the best products, businesses, outstanding individuals and industry achievement. “
There is real value in entering the awards- last year’s winners enjoyed tangible benefits including publicity, new opportunities and a boost to sales.
“Internationally recognised as a Land of Food and Drink, Scotland has a deservedly great reputation for quality produce and the Awards celebrate the best of what we have to offer.
“We have any number of successes in our industry and I would encourage companies of all types and sizes to seek the recognition they deserve.”
Helena Johnston partner, at Katy Rodgers Artisan Dairy, which won last year’s Dairy category and overall Product of the Year award, also encouraged potential entrants to come forward.
“We were delighted with our success at last year’s awards and would urge other food and drink businesses to get involved.
“It’s made a phenomenal difference to our business. It moved us faster last year than we could ever have done on our own and gives other businesses confidence in our products and what we have achieved,” she said.
400 guests from across the Scottish food industry will attend the glamorous ceremony, champagne networking reception, and dinner.
Food and drink businesses from across Scotland can enter at www.scotlandfoodanddrink.org/events/excellence-awards. Entries for the awards close on 29 March.
Paper judging will take place in April, the awards shortlist will be announced at the beginning of May following the tasting and the awards ceremony itself will take place on Thursday 30th May at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. Tickets are available from Scotland Food & Drink at a cost of£99+VAT for members of SF&D/RHASS and £135+VAT for non-members
Scotland Food & Drink is an industry-led, commercially-focused membership organisation which aims to grow the value of the country’s food and drink sector to £12.5bn by 2017. Its vision is to build Scotland’s international reputation as a ‘Land of Food and Drink’
Categories for Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2013 are:
Soup, Preserves & Accompaniments (sponsored by Asda)
Fish & Seafood (sponsored by Rowett Institute)
Bakery & Cereal Based Product (sponsored by Asda)
Meat – Red, White & Game (sponsored by Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight)
Drink – Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic (sponsored by Asda)
Dairy (sponsored by Asda)
Confectionary & Snacking (sponsored by Asda)
Foodservice Product of the Year (sponsored by Sodexo)
Healthy Eating (sponsored by Food & Health Alliance / Food Standards Agency)
Marketing (sponsored by JBT)
Export Business of the Year (sponsored by Clydesdale Bank)
Profiting through Research (sponsored by Interface Food & Drink)
Profiting through Skills (sponsored by Skills Development Scotland)
Success through Working in Partnerships (sponsored by SAOS)
Environmental Sustainability (sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland)
Food & Drink Tourism (sponsored by VisitScotland)
Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur (sponsored by Johnstone Carmichael)
Product of the Year award (sponsored by RHASS) is selected from winners of categories 1-10
Business of the Year (sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage) is selected from winners of categories 11-16.
Pic by Rob McDougall shows broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli at the awards launch