Jun 8, 2018

Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards full list of winners

Last night around 740 people attended the Scotland food and drink excellence awards at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, to celebrate the very best of Scottish produce. Hosting the event was Simon Rimmer, the chef and presenter of Channel Four’s Sunday Brunch programme.

A dozen product-focused categories were judged by a thorough process, which included the review of packaging, quality of product and taste. In the course of their assessment of the entries, the judges sampled 197 Scottish products ranging from cheese and chocolate to ginger beer and gin.

D R Newitt would just like to thank everybody involved in the awards last night. A special mention goes to Loch Fyne Oysters who won the Fish and Seafood category sponsored by ourselves. It was a huge success and we enjoyed every minute of it.

On behalf of D R Newitt, we would like to congratulate all nominees and winners for showcasing outstanding Scottish produce.


The full list of winners…


Product of the Year sponsored by RHASS

Isle of Harris Gin – Harris Distillers

Business of the Year sponsored by Clydesdale Bank

Border Biscuits

Outstanding Contribution sponsored by The Scottish Government

Jim Mclaren – Quality Meat Scotland


Savouries & Accompaniments sponsored by Livingston James

Heather Hills Farm – Scottish Raspberry Jam
The Very Lovely Sauce Company – Lemongrass Caramel Sauce
Your Piece Baking Company – Handmade Beef Dripping Oatcakes
Spice Pots – Spice Pots Goan Blend (WINNER)

Dairy sponsored by Willis Towers Watson

Middleton of Rora Dairy Produce Ltd – Scottish Heather Honey Yogurt
Taste of Arran – Arran Blue
St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company – St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar (WINNER)
Balvenie St. Ice Cream – Balvenie St. Luxury Single Malt Whisky Ice Cream

Bakery sponsored by Scottish Bakers

Aldi – Specially Selected Belgian Chocolate Brownie 4 Pack
Aldi – Specially Selected Orkney Caramel Shortbread (WINNER)
Aldi – Specially Selected Orginal Gingerbread
Reids – Raspberry & White Chocolate Shortbread

Scotch Brand Product of the Year sponsored by Quality Meat Scotland

The Farmers Son – The Farmers Son Black Pudding
PR Duff Ltd (T/A MacDuff 1890) – MacDuff 1890 Native Breed Body (Scotch Beef PGI) (WINNER)
Allarburn Farm Shop – Allarburn Farm Shop Home Made Wagyu Steak Pie
Big Beefs Biltong – Chilli and Honey Mustard Snack Packs

Meat sponsored by Reiser

The Farmers Son – The Farmers Son Black Pudding
Aldi – Specially Selected Smoked Venison
Simon Howie Food – Wee Black Pudding
East Coast Cured – Porcini & Truffle Salami (WINNER)

Fish & Seafood sponsored by D R Newitt

Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd – Bradan Rost
Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd – Bradan Orach (WINNER)
Fishbox Ltd – Fishbox Subscription Box
Salar Smokehouse Ltd – Flaky Smoked Salmon

Confectionery, Drinks & Snacking sponsored by New Town Partnership

Cocoa Ooze Chocolates – Liquorice & Black Pepper Bar (WINNER)
The Drinks Bakery – Drinks Biscuits – Mature Cheddar, Smoked Chilli & Almond
Bon Accord Soft Drinks – Ginger Beer
Meatsnacks Groups Ltd – Speyside Smokehouse Salmon Jerky

Brewing sponsored by McLaren Packaging

Swannay Brewery – Barrel Aged Orkney Porter (Arran Edition)
Born in the Borders – Liquid Velvet
Fierce Beer – Very Big Moose
six°north – Foraged and Found (WINNER)

Distilling sponsored by Invest in Perth

Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd – Isle of Harris Gin (WINNER)
Ian MacLeod Distillers (Tamdhu) – Tamdhu Batch Strength 002 Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Isle of Skye Distillers – Misty Isle Gin
Beinn an Tuirc Distillers Limited – Kintyre Botanical Gin

Foodservice Product of the Year

The Scottish Salmon Company – Native Hebridean Farmed Salmon (WINNER)
Taste of Arran – Arran Dairies Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream
Border Biscuits – Border Biscuits Cafe Bakes
Salar Smokehouse Ltd – Flaky Smoked Salmon

Healthy Choice sponsored by Rowett Institute

Graham’s The Family Dairy – Graham’s The Family Dairy Vanilla Quark
Hungry Squirrel – ABC Crunchy Mix Nut Butter (WINNER)
Rebel Chocolate – Colombian Milk Chocolate
Lidl – Scottish Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil

Own Label Product of the Year sponsored by The Grocer

Aldi – Specially Selected Shortbread Rounds – Lemon (WINNER)
Aldi – Specially Selected Scottish Oatcake Bites – Lockerbie Cheddar
Aldi – Specially Selected Caramel Pecan Slices
Brew Toon – Northern Sinner Brew Toon Craft Beer

Primary Producer of the Year sponsored by SRUC

Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd
Chesters (WINNER)
Barra Bronzes

Scottish Sourcing sponsored by The Food & Drink Hub

Ballintaggart Farm
The Whitehouse Restaurant Lochaline (WINNER)
NorthLink Ferries

Brand Success of the Year sponsored by Palletforce

Plant and Grow Ltd
Border Biscuits (WINNER)
Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd

Export Business of the Year sponsored by Dentons

Tilly Confectionery Ltd (WINNER)
Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd
Scottish Salmon Company

Success through Partnership sponsored by SAOS

Strathmore Foods Ltd
Quality Pork Ltd (WINNER)
We Hae Meat

Environmental Sustainability sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland

Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd (WINNER)
The Bay Fish & Chips

Investing in Skills sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

Joseph Robertson Duncan Farms (WINNER)

Young Talent sponsored by FDF Scotland

Finlay James MacDonald – Chocolate of Glenshiel
Kirsty George – Luss Smokehouse (WINNER)
Lauren Leisk – Fodilicious Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Johnston Carmichael

Dear Green Coffee Roasters (Dear Green Ltd)
Ian MacLeod Distillers Ltd
Mimi’s Bakehouse (WINNER)

Innovation sponsored by Sodexo

Peel Tech Ltd (WINNER)
Paterson Arran Ltd
The Start-Up Drinks Lab
Duncan Farms



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