Excellence Awards Applications Now Open!

January 8, 2016

The Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards are back and you can start applying NOW. 

The Awards is expecting a host of entries this year following the success of the previous year and the success of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015.

The industry target is sitting at £16.5bn, and organisers of the event are positive of hitting it by next year. 

Statistics show that Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink contributed to a 7 per cent spike in visitors to the country with an additional £550m in turnover in the sector over the same period.

January 7th marked the launch of this year’s awards, with applications now open, where results will be revealed at Edinburgh International Conference Centre in June 2016.

The event will see the very best of Scottish produce and food and drink businesses throughout the country; including historic family firms such as Macsween who won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Food & Drink in 2015 and Ian Macleod Distillers, who previously won Brand Success of the Year. It is also an opportunity to showcase up and coming talent that we have throughout Scotland, such as Cocoa Ooze, an Aberdeen-based chocolatier, where last year owner Jamie Hutcheon won the Young Talent award.

This event provides the opportunity to showcase some of Scotland’s best food and drink brand that we have to offer. Entries for the award are open until 11 March.

James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink, said:

“These awards recognize the best products, business practice and individuals that make Scotland a land of food and drink.

They highlight the strength of our industry, the wealth of talent and skill countrywide across all sectors as well as our world leading expertise and innovation in the production of premium food and drink.

Our expert panel of judges provide constructive feedback which make the awards a useful exercise no matter how entrants perform.”

The award categories stretch over 19 areas, including Dairy, Meat, Alcoholic Drinks, Fish & Seafood and more.

To enter the awards you can go here: http://www.foodanddrink.scot/events/excellence-awards.aspx

Good luck to everyone entering and we will see you there! 

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