The Ultimate Scottish Food and Drink: Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016 Winners Revealed

The Ultimate Scottish Food and Drink: Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016 Winners Revealed

Twenty businesses have been selected from 245 entries and announced as recipients of the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016, Scotland’s most prestigious food and drink awards.


Fri, 03 Jun 2016


Scotland Food & Drink

Award-winning products ranged from seaweed flakes, macarons and buffalo steak, to apple juice, muesli and piccalilli. Businesses of all sizes were recognised from established businesses like Graham’s the Family Dairy, Stoats and Aldi (a joint entry with The Natural Fruit & Beverage Company) to smaller producers like Macamoon, Millers Larder and Cuddybridge Apple Juice.

Nine product-focused categories were judged by a thorough process, which included the scrutiny of packaging, quality of product and taste. In the course of their assessment of the entries, the judges sampled 165 Scottish products ranging from salmon and charcuterie, to lemonade and whisky.

The awards were announced by presenter of C4’s Sunday Brunch, Simon Rimmerand also highlighted business excellence, innovation and best practice across the Scottish food and drink industry.  Categories included Export Businesses of the Year sponsored by Bank of Scotland (won by Associated Seafoods Ltd), Environmental Sustainability sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland (won by Ivan Woods & Sons), Young Talent sponsored by SFDF- A Future in Food (won by Daniel Sherry of Eden Mill) and Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur sponsored by Johnston Carmichael (won by William J Walker of Benriach Distillery Co. Ltd). 

A surprise award, sponsored by the Scottish Government, was presented by new Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing to Jim Walker of Walkers for his outstanding contribution to the food and drink industry. The award recognised his work developing the family business from a village bakery operating only in Speyside to an international brand, marketed in more than 80 widely spread overseas markets. 

A new category sponsored by The Scotsman, Food Pioneer, was awarded to Fred Berkmiller in recognition of his skilled, innovative use of and passion for Scottish food and drink. The only category not entered by businesses and individuals themselves, the award drew an impressive 146 nominations from the public and was judged by a panel of food and drink experts. The panel noted Fred’s work in nurturing young talent and his work as a champion for the use of local produce.

Recognised by both trade and consumers as an accolade of the highest quality, the awards were presented at a sell-out event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 2 June with 800 guests attending.  The dinner menu showcased Scotland’s fantastic larder including produce from previous winners and finalists such as canapés created with Native Hebridean Salmon from The Scottish Salmon Company. The meal began with a starter of potted Cullen Skink served with Galloway Lodge Chutney and finished with a Perthshire Heather Honey and Stirlingshire Cream Bavarois.  Locally sourced ingredients including vegetables, rapeseed oil, cheese, fish and meat featured throughout. 

Scotland Food & Drink Chief Executive James Withers said:

"Congratulations to all winners and finalists who have been selected from a record number of entries by our panel of more than 35 judges. They recognise the people, products and practices which make Scotland a Land of Food and Drink and represent the wealth of our industry from artisan producers to established brands.

“Welcoming 800 people to the sold out awards ceremony and dinner is testament to the success of the sector. This flagship event is a great opportunity to take stock of success to date and to look ahead to the future as we shape the industry’s strategy to 2030.”

"There has been a revolution in food and drink in Scotland and the awards show why that is. We have an amazing mix of established world-class business and a new generation of entrepreneurs coming through. Crucially, there is now a culture of collaboration in Scotland - industry bodies and companies working together to build our reputation and our sales. Challenges are never far away, but the opportunities for growth and innovation over the next few years are hugely exciting."

The awards are organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS). The title sponsor is Asda and the awards are supported by Think Local.

Willie Gill, Chairman of the RHASS said:

“Tonight we were reminded why this industry is soon going to be worth £16.5billion to the Scottish economy.  There is a wealth of talent in those shortlists but, most importantly, they all have bags of enthusiasm for our natural larder, grown in Scotland’s rich and fertile earth and seas and nurtured by our primary producers, who we are proud to represent.”


The full list of winners comprises:


CategoryName of BusinessName of Product    Region

Soup, Preserves & Accompaniments

(Sponsored by Asda)

Mara Seaweed Shony Flakes Edinburgh


(sponsored by Asda)

Graham's The Family Dairy Spreadable Butter Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire


(sponsored by Asda)

The Buffalo Farm Buffalo Fillet Steak Fife

Confectionery & Snacking

(sponsored by Asda)

Macamoon Macamoon's Scottish Selection Borders

Non-Alcoholic Drink

(sponsored by Asda)

Cuddybridge Apple Juice Cuddybridge Gala Apple Juice Borders

Alcoholic Drink

(sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn)

RTM Sales Solutions Ltd Magnum Scotch Malt Whisky Cream Liqueur Edinburgh

Fish & Seafood

(sponsored by The Crown Estate)

John Ross Jr (Aberdeen) Ltd Balmoral Fillet Aberdeenshire

Bakery & Cereal Based

(Sponsored by Scottish Bakers)

Stoats Hedgerow Muesli Edinburgh

Foodservice Product of the Year

(sponsored by Sodexo)

Millers Larder Ltd Perfyit Piccalilli South

Commitment to Health

(sponsored by Rowett Institute)

Eat Balanced   Glasgow

Brand Success of the Year

(sponsored by Palletforce)

Graham's The Family Dairy   Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire

Export Business of the Year

(sponsored by Bank of Scotland)

Associated Seafoods Ltd   Moray


(sponsored by The Grocer)

Scottish Sea Farms Ltd   Oban, Argyll

Investing in People

(sponsored by Skills Development Scotland)

Loch Fyne Oysters   Cairndow, Argyll

Success Through Partnership

(sponsored by SAOS)

Aldi and The Natural Fruit & Beverage Company   Nationwide / North Lanarkshire

Environmental Sustainability

(sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland)

Ivan Wood & Sons   Fife

Scottish Sourcing

(sponsored by Taste Our Best, VisitScotland)

Ninth Wave Restaurant   Isle of Mull, Argyll

Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur

(sponsored by Johnston Carmichael)

William J Walker, BenRiach Distillery Co Ltd   Edinburgh

Young Talent

(sponsored by Scottish Food and Drink Federation – A Future in Food)

Daniel Sherry, Eden Mill   Fife

Product of the Year

(sponsored by RHASS)

Macamoon Macamoon's Scottish Selection Borders

Business of the Year

(sponsored by Clydesdale Bank)

Scottish Sea Farms Ltd   Oban, Argyll

Outstanding Contribution to Food & Drink

(sponsored by the Scottish Government)

Jim Walker, Walkers   Aberlour, Moray

Food Pioneer

(sponsored by The Scotsman)

Fred Berkmiller, chef   Edinburgh

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