Excellence awards

Two local firms have been recognised at the 2012 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

The Environmental Sustainability award went to The Bay Fish & Chips, Stonehaven, which prides itself on sustainable sourcing and minimises the environmental impacts of its operations. They work with students from Edinburgh University to measure their carbon footprint, all the cleaning products they use are 100% chemical free, they collect rainwater, recycle the waste oil and have recently started recycling their food waste.

The Profiting Thorough Research award recognises that innovation is key to business and industry growth and food ingredients manufacturer Macphie of Glenbervie won this year’s category. Over the past two years Macphie has carried out 12 collaborative research projects with Scottish Universities. These have ranged from short term projects to address specific business challenges in product, packaging or manufacturing process development to larger, longer term “blue sky” research and development collaborations.

Some of Scotland’s most innovative and respected companies took home the spoils at Scotland’s food and drink ‘Oscars’. Sponsored by ASDA and hosted by ‘cuisine comedian’ Hardeep Singh Kohli, the annual awards ceremony took place at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on May 24. Guests enjoyed an exclusive menu of Scottish fayre created by renowned chef Nick Nairn.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “We’re fortunate to have a wealth of fine natural ingredients on our doorstep, as well as the producers with the expertise and entrepreneurial skills to make the most of our natural larder.

“The Excellence Awards celebrate our many culinary successes and truly showcase Scotland as a land of food and drink. I’d like to congratulate this year’s winners and hope they continue to go from strength to strength.”

James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink said: “The Excellence Awards provide an inspiring snapshot of everything that is great about Scottish food and drink – from mouthwatering products to innovative companies and inspiring people. The breadth of entries showcases just how varied the sector is with artisan producers, multinational companies and everything in between combining to create our internationally renowned Land of Food & Drink.”

The entries were judged by an expert panel of industry representatives, journalists and marketeers who had an even tougher job this year with every product entered being tasted.