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04 Jul 2023

Shortlist announced for Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards

Belhaven Smokehouse Stand: 2120d
Shortlist announced for Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards
Marie-Clare James, General Manager
The annual Scotland Food & Drink Excellence awards, which have been running for over 22 years, recognise the highest quality produce as well as leading individuals, suppliers, and companies.

This year, winners will be announced at a black tie award night by TV personality Fred Sirieix on 7 September at the EICC.

Tasted categories in this year’s Excellence Awards focus on the standout products driving value and consumer choice in the market.

These categories have all been tasted and judged by an expert panel of industry buyers, chefs, hospitality leaders, and food and drink writers.

Shortlisted businesses and products represent the breadth of Scottish food and drink production, from quality shellfish to craft beer, dairy to tea, and confectionary to Scotch beef.

Showcasing innovation, enterprise and above all else, excellence, in the Scottish food and drink scene, businesses shortlisted include major producers like Graham’s, the Family Dairy, Bakkafrost, and Mackie’s, as well as smaller artisanal producers like Chocolatia, Scottish Honeyberry Growers, and The Wee Scottish Cider Company.

Iain Baxter, Chief Executive at Scotland Food & Drink, said: “Every year the Excellence Awards attract an incredibly diverse range of entries of seriously impressive quality.

“While tasting each of the products entered into the awards sounds like a dream, in reality, selecting the very best of the best has been extremely difficult for our expert judging panel.

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"This year, judges remarked on the exceptional quality, innovation, and diversity of products on show. 

“The industry has been through a lot of challenges in recent years but it’s fantastic to see our food and drink businesses continue to pursue excellence in terms of their production and their broader business practices.

“This year’s Awards will yet again be the premier night in one of Scotland’s most valuable and successful industries. Congratulations and good luck to all those shortlisted.”

Asda continues its support for the Excellence Awards as headline sponsor.

Ashley Connolly, Local Buying Manager Scotland, Asda, added: “Asda is honoured to support The Excellence Awards again this year, where we get to witness the passion that these Scottish producers have for their craft.

“Judging the tasted categories was a tough feat, but I, and the rest of the judging panel, believe the finalists are the best of the best within the industry.”

The full shortlist of finalists:


Category Entry Product
Artisan Product of the Year OR-ganic Premium cold pressed organic rapeseed oil
Belhaven Smokehouse Charcoal smoked salmon
Brose Oats Brose Original Style
Angels Dare Cocktails Secret Orchard
Salar Smokehouse Ltd. Flaky Smoked Salmon
Bakery Product of the Year Clootie McToot Ltd Apple pear and cinnamon clootie dumpling
Stockan's Oatcakes Ltd Orkney Heritage Bere Barley chilli and cheese oatcakes
Lazy Day Foods Mini Vic the Vegan Catapillar Cake
Beer & Cider Product of the Year The Wee Scottish Cider Company Seidear, Champagne Method cider from Scottish castle gardens
Heather Ale Ltd/ Williams Brothers Orange Ginger Beer
Six°North Framboise
Confectionery Product of the Year Fetcha Chocolates Campbeltown Distilleries Collection
Ross's of Edinburgh Ltd Ross's Butter Tablet Highland Cow Gift Box
Chocolatia Chloe’s Signature Collection
Braemar Chocolate Shop Spirit of Scotland selection
Mademoiselle Macaron French Macarons
Dairy Product of the Year Mackie's of Scotland Strawberry Swirl
Mossgiel Organic Farm Mossgiel Organic Milk
Graham's The Family Dairy Skyr Pouches
Graham's The Family Dairy Kefir Yogurts
Distilling Product of the Year (White Spirits) North Uist Distillery Co. Downpour Scottish Dry Gin
Muckle Brig Lind & Lime Gin
Isle of Barra Distillers Co. Barra Atlantic Gin
Distilling Product of the Year (Dark Spirits) Stravaig Spirits Tri Carragh
Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Black Bull 12-Year-Old blended Scotch whisky
Cabezon Beverage Ron Cabezon
Fish & Seafood Product of the Year St. James Smokehouse (Scotland) Ltd. Smoked Salmon Pure Royal Filet
Belhaven Smokehouse Belhaven Cure Cold Smoked Salmon
Bakkafrost Scotland Native Hebridean Scottish Salmon
Campbells Prime Meat (Meat, Fish & Deli) Orkney Hand Dived Scallops
WeeCOOK WeeCOOK Fishwife Pie
Free From Award Beastly Brews Panther M*lk
Nudie Snacks Cauliflower Crisps
Tilly Confectionery Ltd Mrs Tilly's Vegan Original Fudge 150g
Angelic Free From Ltd Safetylicious Oat Squares
Healthier Choice Product of the Year Genius Brewing Gen!us India Pale Ale
Graham's The Family Dairy Kefir Yogurts
The Prebiotic Company Ltd. ió fibrewater
Scottish Honeyberry Growers Freeze Dried Honeyberries
Aye Pickled Kimchi
Meat Product of the Year Great Glen Charcuterie Green Pepper Venison Salami
Simon Howie Foods Black Label Gastro Burger
Highland Meats a division of Dunbia (UK) Angus 1808 Dry Aged Cote de Boeuf
East Coast Cured Black Garlic & Oloroso Sherry Salami
Hugh Black & Sons Ltd Traditional Haggis
Scotch Brand Product of the Year Hugh Black & Sons Ltd Ribeye Fillet Steak
Hugh Black & Sons Ltd Scotch Lamb Valentine Steak
John Gilmour Butchers Tweed Valley 35 day dry aged Cote de boeuf
Campbells Prime Meat Ltd Scotch lamb Valentine Steaks
Soft Drinks Product of the Year Shibui Tea Tropical Green
The Prebiotic Company Ltd. ió fibrewater
Kilduff Farm Kilduff Farm Sweet Apple Juice
Cruice Original Lemonaidan
Snacks & Accompaniments Product of the Year Aye Pickled Kimchi Hot Sauce
Findlaters Fine Foods Wilted Spinach and Ricotta Dip with Roasted Cashew nuts
Schoolyard Chillies Chocolate Chilli Pretzels
The Drinks Bakery Drinks Biscuits - Mature Cheddar, Smoked Chilli & Almond
Galloway Lodge Ltd Spicy Pear Chutney


Category Entry
Best for Scottish (Independent) Cafe St Honore
John Gilmour Butchers
Mharsanta Restaurant & Bar
Best for Scottish (Multiple) Scotmid Co-Operative
Asda Stores Ltd
Hugh Black & Sons
Employer of the Year Hickory
Lazy Day Foods
Clootie McToot Ltd
Primary Producer of the Year Deer Manor Gourmet Mushrooms
Angus Soft Fruits
Regional Food and Drink Award Bowhouse
Outer Hebrides Tourism
Eat SW Scotland
Salar Smokehouse Ltd
Highland Food and Drink Trail Ltd
Sustainability Award Highland Spring Group
Mackie's of Scotland
Albert Bartlett & Sons (Airdrie) Ltd
Angus Soft Fruits
Young Talent Albert Bartlett- Rebecca Letham
A&D Hunter- Nia Hunter
Quaker- Aimee Scott
Tabrifics Ltd- Johnathan Livingstone Laing
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