BOOM Time for Scotland’s Organic Pioneers

Five Scottish food businesses have been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious BOOM Awards (Best of Organic Market Awards), having impressed the judges with their creativity, innovation and commitment to organic produce.

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017

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Two Edinburgh restaurants, Café St Honoré and Feed, are in the running for an award, along with the capital’s New Leaf Co-op wholefoods shop, Perthshire’s Almighty Foods and Isle of Mull’s Island Bakery. The recognition of these businesses comes at a time when the market for organic in Scotland is growing.

Soil Association Scotland Business Development Manager, Alison Muirhead said: “The organic market in Scotland is booming and more and more people are looking for, buying and talking about organic. I think it’s particularly special that so many Scottish businesses are shining in these UK-wide awards, they have shown real dedication to using and promoting organics, providing their customers with a first-rate food experience.”

Café St Honoré and Feed are competing for the Best Organic Eating Out award. Café St Honoré, led by chef Neil Forbes, serves a changing daily menu of the best Scottish produce in a French bistro setting while Feed is an American-style bar/diner specialising in burgers, ribs and wings – all of which are organic. 

New Leaf Co-op is a hands-on wholefood co-operative where customers scoop their own wholefoods, grind nut-butters and have a wide choice of organic fruit and veg - it’s in the running for the Best Organic Independent Retailer.

Almighty Foods’ Cashew Caramello – a gourmet spread made entirely of organic whole foods such as cashew, coconut, vanilla pods, lemons and Hebridean sea salt - has made it onto the shortlist for the Best Organic Pantry Product. Island Bakery, well-known for its organic biscuits, is in the running for the Nation’s Favourite award for its Lemon Melts – in a special category voted for by the public.

The Soil Association’s BOOM Awards are the UK’s only dedicated organic awards celebrating people, producers, restaurants and brands working to produce food as it should be. More people than ever before are choosing organic – in 2016, the market for organics in Scotland grew 11.7%.

The Scottish businesses who have made it to the BOOM Awards 2017 final are proud to shout about organic:

Neil Forbes, Café St Honoré, said “We're so thrilled to be shortlisted for a BOOM Award. To be included amongst so many other great places to eat is testimony, not just to the hard work the team at Cafe St Honoré, but to the small-scale producers, growers and true artisans who work hard to provide us with the finest produce our soils can grow. Getting to this stage is such an honour, and shows what a wonderful relationship we have with our producers.”

Chris Grierson, Feed, said “We are all about taking phenomenal organic produce to a new market. Our food is very sociable, young, casual and often a little tongue in cheek. Indeed our tagline is "Exploring posh meats' dirty side". We started with a tiny kitchen at the back of a small pub and recently opened our first dedicated bar/diner also delivering throughout our city centre. Often customers ask why our product is so downright delicious. A very simple one word answer every time: organic!”

Isaac Rose, New Leaf Co-op, said “It was a total joy to be nominated and we're thrilled to be amongst such inspiring businesses, I for one feel confident I can speak for all of the cooperative team when I say that it's an exciting time to be working with wonderful organic food in Scotland. The people involved have true passion and a level of commitment to getting good food onto our plates is really inspiring.”

Josh Adams, Almighty Foods, said: "We are honoured to be a part of the booming organic market. With its growth it's clear that we are collectively moving towards a greener form of agriculture, which in turn brings hugely positive environmental implications. It's a win win!"

The winners of the BOOM Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017.

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