Judging

The judging of the Awards, involves a range of experts from across the industry, who will score the paper entries and also for the majority of categories, meet with entrants.

On the panel this year, we have:

Best New Retail Product (1-10, 11-50, 51+ employees)

  • Paul McQuade, Head of Department (Food Buying), LIDL
  • Karen Ford, Foodhall Manager, Brodie Countryfare

Best New Brewed or Distilled Product (Retail, Foodservice)

  • Paul McQuade, Head of Department (Food Buying), LIDL
  • Jason Robertson, Retail Development Manager – North East Region, National Trust for Scotland
  • Karen Ford, Foodhall Manager, Brodie Countryfare

Best New Foodservice Product (1-10, 11+ employees)

  • Jason Robertson, Retail Development Manager – North East Region, National Trust for Scotland
  • Sarah Mackie,  Procurement Director, Brakes Scotland

Most Successful Product from 2017

  • June Burnett and Heather Macrae, Business Development Executives, Aberdeenshire Council

 Denis Emslie Above and Beyond

  • Stuart Common, Commercial Director, Mackie’s of Scotland
  • Michael Clark, Managing Director, International Fish Canners (Scotland) Ltd
  • Gregor Mackintosh, Founder, Mackintosh of Glendaveny

Best Young Business

  • Gary McDonald, Market Development Manager, Opportunity North East/Scotland Food & Drink
  • Jane MacLeod, Business Growth Manager, Opportunity North East

Investing in Skills Development

  • Gerry McBride, Strategic Relations Manager, Skills Development Scotland

North East Scotland Food & Drink Entrepreneur

  • Graeme Fraser, Partner, Johnston Carmichael
  • Craig Yeoman, Business Development Director, Johnston Carmichael
  • Fiona Kenneth, Audit Senior Manager, Johnston Carmichael
  • Ben Irivani, Porters Gin

Best Food Tourism Experience

  • Bill Dean, Managing Director, Dean’s of Huntly Ltd
  • Claire Bruce, Owner, Glen Tanar and Vice-Chair, VisitAberdeenshire
  • Sarah Malone, Executive Vice President, Trump International Golf Links, Scotland

Innovation Award 

  • Peter Cook, Director, Food, Drink & Agriculture, Opportunity North East
  • Frank Fowlie, Partner, CMS
  • Paul Copland, Sector Innovation Services, Innovation & Enterprise