Award Categories

Please download a copy of the guidelines to read before completing your application.

The categories are:

Most Successful Product from the 2017 Awards
For the most successful product that reached the finals in 2017. Judged on sales, new businesses generated, product changes. This Award is sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council. (open to successfully shortlisted product entries from the 2017 Awards)
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Best New Retail Product (1-10 employees)
For food and non-alcoholic drink products developed specifically for the retail sector – can be branded or own label. Products launched between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2018. Excludes products that are brewed/distilled.
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Best New Retail Product (11-50 employees)
For food and non-alcoholic drink products developed specifically for the retail sector – can be branded or own label. Products launched between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2018.  Excludes products that are brewed/distilled.
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Best New Retail Product (51 and above employees)
For food and non-alcoholic drink products developed specifically for the retail sector – can be branded or own label. Products launched between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2018.  Excludes products that are brewed/distilled.
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Best New Brewed or Distilled Product
For brewed or distilled products developed specifically for the retail and/or foodservice sectors. Products launched between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2018. This Award is sponsored by Scotland Food and Drink.
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Best New Foodservice Product (1-10 employees)
For products developed specifically for the foodservice and catering sector. Products launched between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2018. Excludes products that are brewed/distilled. This Award is sponsored by ESS Support Services Worldwide.
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Best New Foodservice Product(11+ employees)
For products developed specifically for the foodservice and catering sector. Products launched between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2018. Excludes products that are brewed/distilled. This Award is sponsored by ESS Support Services Worldwide.
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Denis Emslie Above & Beyond Award
For an individual who has gone above and beyond their duty to help within their own business or the wider industry. This Award is sponsored by Mackie's of Scotland.
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Best Young Business
For a business less than 5 years old that can demonstrate the uniqueness of their business/business plan/marketing approach. This Award is sponsored by Styropak.
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Investing in Skills Development
For a business who has shown the greatest achievement in raising skills of their workforce and achieving business benefit.  This Award is sponsored by Skills Development Scotland.
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North East Scotland Food & Drink Entrepreneur
For the top food and drink entrepreneur (owner/manager) – judged on performance, entrepreneurial focus, strategic planning, innovation & leadership.  This Award is sponsored by Johnston Carmichael.
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Best Food Tourism Experience
For a primary or added value food or drink producer who has created a local food and drink experience, which is successful at attracting visitors both local and from out with the North East. This Award is sponsored by Opportunity North East.
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Innovation Award
For a business who can demonstrate a high level of innovation in their business – whether in product, process or packaging.  This Award is sponsored by CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.
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