North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards 2018

The North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards are delivered in partnership by Opportunity North East (ONE) and Aberdeenshire Council. The Awards has celebrated the success of its food and drink sector with an annual awards event for more than 25 years, highlighting innovation and business excellence.

Free to enter, they were open to food and drink producers based in the north east.

More than 40 businesses enter the competition each year with shortlisted and winning companies reporting increased sales, new trade connections and greater recognition of their brand, products and innovation.

The awards presentation dinner is the key sector event in the region, attracting almost 300 food and drink professionals from across the food and drink supply chain and provides an unrivalled platform to showcase the very best food and drink from North East Scotland.

The 2018 winners are:

Most Successful Product from the 2017 Awards – Esker Spirits Ltd – Esker Gin

Best New Retail Product (Small Businesses)

Balvenie St. Ice Cream – Luxury Single Malt Whisky Ice Cream in 3 Casks of Character – Sweet & Sexy, Rich & Fruity, Smoky & Peaty

Best New Retail Product (Medium Businesses) – Summerhouse Drinks – St Clement’s

Best New Retail Product (Large Businesses) – John Ross Jr (Aberdeen) Ltd – Scottish Smoked Trout

Best New Brewed or Distilled Product – Lost Loch Distillery – Murmichan Absinthe

Best New Foodservice Product

rora dairy – rora dairy Natural Yoghurt, Scottish Strawberry Yoghurt, Scottish Raspberry Yoghurt

Denis Emslie Above & Beyond Award – Craig Wilson, Eat on the Green

Best Young Business – Wooha Brewing

Investing in Skills Development – Duncan Farms

North East Scotland Food & Drink Entrepreneur 2018

Gregor Mackintosh – Mackintosh of Glendaveny

Best Food & Drink Tourism Experience – Glen Garioch Distillery – Legends of the Garioch Experience

Innovation Award – Duncan Farms

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