Category Winners 2010

The winners of the 2010 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards have been revealed at an awards ceremony held at the Benromach Distillery in Forres.

Mackie's of Taypack scooped two awards for Product of the Year and best in the Dairy, Confectionery & Snacking category for its Potato Crisps.

New for 2010 was the Young Scottish Chef of the Year category to find the hottest talent emerging from Scotland's eating establishments.

Alan Robertson of Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown was crowned winner by Scottish chef Nick Nairn, after a gruelling day of judging at his cook school.

Marketing Initiative of the Year went to Angus-based Angus Soft Fruits for its Good Natured brand and the superb use of social media within its marketing strategy.

Macphie of Glenbervie was awarded the Investing in Skills Development award for its positive approach to nurturing and developing its staff.

Quality Meat Scotland received the Success through Working Partnerships award for its five-partner innovation with Scottish Pig Producers, VION UK Ltd, ASDA and SSPCA.

In the product category awards Huntly Herbs was crowned winner of the Soups, Preserves & Accompaniments category for its Hot Lemon Relish, while Scotherbs won the Fruit or Vegetable product category for its Fresh Cut Herbs and Salad Leaf.

The Healthy Choice award went to The Oatmeal of Alford for its porridge oats and the winner of the Bakery & Cereal product was Lazy Days Foods for its range of biscuits and confectionery.

Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK won best Fish & Seafood product for its WildWaters Smoked Salmon range and Deeside Smokehouse won best Meat - Red, White & Game product for its range of smoked meats.

Lossie Seafoods of Buckie won best product in the Foodservice product category for its catering smoked salmon pack.

Macrae Livingston won the award for Environmental Sustainability for its holistic approach to environmental issues throughout the supply chain.

Dean's of Huntly was awarded the Food Tourism award for its Dean's Visitor Centre.

A total of 218 entries were received, more than double the amount for 2009.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "It is truly inspiring to see over 200 entries in the 2010 Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards."

"This shows the wealth and quality of products Scotland has to offer, using some of the best natural ingredients in the world. It's great to see the Food & Drink Excellence Awards being held in the north of Scotland for the first time, and where better to host the prestigious event than one of the distilleries so iconic to this area."

"Through our national food and drink policy we want to help pubs, hotels, visitor attractions, restaurants and cafes build on our international reputation for first-class food and drink, and deliver the very best Scottish produce to the 16 million people who visit our country every year."

"Since May 2007, the Scottish Government has given £29.4 million to support businesses, a number of whom were present at the awards."

"All the retailers, producers, processors and restaurants who entered these awards are Scotland's frontline food and drink ambassadors. We are experiencing a food revolution, and the award-winners are to be congratulated on their commitment to enhancing Scotland's reputation as a land of food and drink."

Paul McLaughlin, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: "It has been a tough few years for Scotland's food and drink companies but the record number of high-calibre entrants proves the industry is in excellent strength to meet our targets of growing the industry to be worth £16.5bn by 2017."

"The winners all thoroughly deserve the highest recognition for these awards and will make an excellent job of flying the flag for Scotland's food and drink industry."

Sponsored by Clydesdale Bank, the awards are jointly organised by RHASS and Scotland Food & Drink and are now in their 14th year. They form an important part of the Scottish Government's Year of Food & Drink and previous winning companies have reaped commercial awards from winning the accolade.

Full winners list

Business of the Year

Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Limited

Product of the Year

Mackie's at Taypack Potato Crisps

Soups, preserves & accompaniments

Huntly Herbs - Hot Lemon Relish

Fish & seafood

Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK Limited - Wildwaters Smoked Salmon range

Bakery & Cereal-based product

Lazy Day Foods - a range of tray bakes and biscuits

Meat - Red, White & Game

Deeside Smokehouse - Cold Smoked Venison, Pheasant Salami, Deeside Glider

Drink - alcoholic and non-alcoholic

Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Limited - Oak Aged Beer

Fruit or Vegetable product

Scotherbs - Fresh cut herbs and salad leaf

Dairy, Confectionery & Snacking

Mackie's at Taypack - Mackie's of Scotland, Potato Crisps

Foodservice Product of the Year

Lossie Seafoods Ltd - catering smoked salmon packs

Product Innovation of the Year

Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Limited - Oak Aged Beer

Healthy Choices/Healthy Eating

The Oatmeal of Alford - The Oatmeal of Alford Scottish Porridge Oats

International Business of the Year

Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Limited

Marketing Initiative of the Year

Good Natured Angus Soft Fruits - The Good Natured brand

Investing in Skills Development

Macphie of Glenbervie

Success through Working in Partnerships

Quality Meat Scotland - in a five partner innovation with Scottish Pig Producers, VION UK Ltd, ASDA and SSPCA.

Environmental Sustainability

Macrae Livingston - environmental issues tackled throughout the supply chain

Food & Drink Tourism

Dean's of Huntly, Aberdeenshire - Dean's Visitor Centre

Young Scottish Chef

Alan Robertson - Malt Barn, The Glenfiddich Distillery

Category sponsors of the awards included Clydesdale Bank; Skills Development Scotland; Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight; Zero Waste Scotland; Food & Health Alliance; SAOS; Scottish Enterprise; Scottish Development International (SDI); Sodexo; and VisitScotland.

What has happened to last year's winners?

Case studies featuring 4 of the 2009 winners are now available below


  • Innis & Gunn Adobe Acrobat / 80 KB

    A case study on Innis & Gunn, a previous winner of International Business of the Year, Product Innovation of the Year, Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks and overall Business of the Year.

  • Macphie of Glenbervie Adobe Acrobat / 112 KB

    A case study on previous Investing in Skills Development Award winner, Macphie of Glenbervie.


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