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Shortlist announced for Scotland Food & Drink Excellence

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Food and Drink businesses from across Scotland have been announced in the shortlist for the 21st Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

248 entries were submitted across 14 product categories, and overall, 48 individual items from 36 suppliers have been named as finalists for this year’s Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

Buyers from some of the UK’s biggest retailers including Asda, Co-op, Tesco and Sodexo, alongside some of the food and drink industry’s most influential figures, were part of a judging panel that tasted and scored each product.

Shortlisted products include everything from Scottish Beef Biltong produced by Errichel & Thyme, Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon from The Scottish Salmon Company to Chocolate Cornflake Clusters from Lazy Day Foods.

28 individuals, teams and employers who are raising the bar and helping to build Scotland’s reputation as a land of food and drink were also shortlisted across seven business catagories.

Returning after a Covid-enforced hiatus, the 21st Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards  will take place during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight and be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 8 September.

John Davidson,  Deputy Chief Executive and Strategy Director at Scotland Food & Drink, said: “The Excellence Awards play an important role in recognising the innovation and creativity of everyone that is building the reputation of Scotland’s larder.

“It was fantastic to see such a range of producers and individuals in this years entries and a massive congratulations to all those that have been named in the shortlist.

“We can’t wait to bring everyone together after a challenging couple of years and celebrate in September.”

Ashley Connolly, Local Buying Manager at Asda, who sponsor the awards, added: “Our customers are becoming increasingly conscious of where their food and drink is coming from and so our focus is to source high quality and innovative products that are new and exciting.

“I was delighted to be involved in the judging of this year’s Excellence Awards and it was wonderful to see such a high calibre of entries across all product categories.

“A massive congratulations to all of the individuals and businesses that have been shortlisted!”

The full shortlist

Tasted categories

Category Entry Product
Artisan Product of the Year Argyll Coffee Roasters Clyde Steamer
Blackthorn Salt Blackthorn Salt
Scottish Salmon Company Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon
Webster Honey Scottish Blossom Honey
Errichel & Thyme Scottish Beef Biltong
Bakery Product of the Year Aldi Specially Selected Gastro Steak and Black Pudding Single Pie
Clootie McToot Clootie McToot Traditional Dumpling
Island Bakery Isle of Mull Cheese Biscuits – Traditional Farmhouse Cheddar
Taste of Arran Arran Oaties
Brewing Product of the Year Aldi Perfect Storm
Bellfield Brewery Limited Daft Days Porter
Drygate Disco Forklift Truck
Vault City Brewing Vault City x Bruichladdich x Brewgooder Barrel Aged Whisky Sour Beer
Confectionery & Soft Drinks Product of the Year Bon Accord Soft Drinks Pink Grapefruit Soda
Bon Accord Soft Drinks Rhubarb Soda
Nuisance Drinks Wild Nettle
Savora Drinks Zesty Lime & Sweet Agave
Dairy Product of the Year Arran Ice Cream Scottish Tablet ice cream
Graham’s The Family Dairy Graham’s The Family Dairy Scottish Butter with Isle of Skye Sea Salt
Rora Dairy Greek style yogurt
St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar
Distilling Product of the Year Crafty Scottish Distillers Ltd Hills & Harbour Gin
Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Octave Premium Glen Grant 30 Year Old
Dunnet Bay Distilers Ltd. Rock Rose Gin – Citrus Coastal Edition
Great Glen Distillery Limited Great Glen Premium Scottish Gin
Isle of Raasay Distillery Isle of Raasay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Fish & Seafood Product of the Year Aldi Harissa Infused Scottish Salmon Fillets
CAMPBELLS & Co Smokehouse Ltd Smoked Steelhead Trout Long Sliced Side
Sutherlands of Portsoy Cold Smoked Steelhead Trout
The Scottish Salmon Company Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon
Free From Award Island Bakery Sweet FA Gluten-Free Organic Cookies
Lazy Day Foods Chocolate Cake Bars
Lazy Day Foods Millionaire’s Shortbread
Nudie Snacks Cauliflower Crisps – Cheese & Carmalised Onion
Healthier Choice Product of the Year Graham’s The Family Dairy Graham’s The Family Dairy Squidgies Pouch
Nudie Snacks Cauliflower Crisps – Cheese & Carmalised Onion
Planet Kuku Cauliflower, turmeric, basil and nigella seeds kuku
Meat Product of the Year Castle MacLellan Heston from Waitrose Chicken Liver Parfait
Donald Russell Ltd 2 Venison Wellingtons
East Coast Cured Saucisson Sec
East Coast Cured Coppa
Scotch Brand Product of the Year Aldi Specially Selected Scotch Aberdeen Angus Ribeye Steak 36 Day Matured
Aldi Specially Selected Scottish Smoked Streaky Bacon
Snacks & Accompaniments Product of the Year Lazy Day Foods Chocolate Cornflake Clusters
SHORE The Scottish Seaweed Co. SHORE Seaweed Chips
The Drinks Bakery Parmesan Toasted Pine Nuts & Basil
The Drinks Bakery Mature Cheddar Chilli & Almond

Business Categories

Category Entry
Best for Scottish (Independent) Bonnie & Wild
Café St Honoré
MacDuff 1890
Best for Scottish (Multiple) Aldi
Employer of the Year Aquascot
Scottish Sea Farms
The Scottish Salmon Company
Primary Producer of the Year Angus Soft Fruits
Blackthorn Salt
Infinite Spring Ltd
Uradale Farm
Regional Food and Drink Award Bonnie & Wild
ESS Energy
Outer Hebrides Tourism
Shetland Food & Drink Limited
Sustainability Award Arbikie Distillery
Mackie’s of Scotland
PJs Foods Limited
Two Raccoons
We Hae Meat Ltd
Young Talent Devro- Kyle Nielsen
Savora Drinks- Matthew Walker
Tagliotello Ltd- Otello Calvert
The Scottish Salmon Company- Megan Laughlin

To find out more about the Excellence Awards or purchase tickets for the event, visit the website.