Food and Drink News

North East Scotland Crowns their Cream of the Crop

Friday 23 March

Eleven businesses from the North East are celebrating after being crowned winners at the regions most prestigious food and drink awards.

The North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards winners were announced last night at a glittering awards ceremony at the Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen. 290 attended the sell-out event, which welcomed journalist and BBC Radio Scotland, Stephen Jardine, as host.

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Finalists Announced for the North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards 2018

Friday 23 February

36 businesses across the North East are celebrating after reaching the finals of the esteemed North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards 2018 following a record number of applications.

The awards celebrate the best of food and drink throughout Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, and Moray. This year, 48 businesses submitted 89 entries, testament to the region’s entrepreneurial spirit, continued innovation and global reputation for quality food and drink.  Read More…

Best New Retail Product 11-50 Employees Winner 2017

Monday 22 January

Entering the Awards gives you the chance to meet with our judges, including Paul McQuade buyer at Lidls. It’s a real opportunity to get your products in front of influential buyers from the retail and food service sectors.

Anna from Castleton Farm tells us how the judging process helped them develop their product and how invaluable the judges’ advice was.

Last Call for Entries to the North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards

Wednesday 17 January

Aberdeenshire Council and Opportunity North East (ONE) make a last call for entries from local businesses for the prestigious North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards 2018.

The deadline for entries is Monday 29th January and they are open to all food and drink producers in the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray areas. Submissions can be made online and it is free to enter.

Delivered in partnership by private sector economic development body, ONE and Aberdeenshire Council, the awards aim to highlight and celebrate innovation and success in the industry. They form part of a wider programme of activities that support growth in the food, drink and agriculture sector delivered by ONE and its partners in recognition of the region’s well-established reputation and excellent prospects for further growth across food, drink, agriculture and seafood based on its wide range of primary produce, new and established businesses, big name brands and international connections.

There are 13 categories available for entry, commending those in every part of the sector. Categories include; Best Young Business, Best Food Tourism Experience, Best New Retail Product, and the Denis Emslie Above & Beyond Award. This year, the awards have introduced Best New Brewed or Distilled Product, which aims to highlight drinks developed specifically for the retail and/or foodservice sectors.

John Sorrie, Westfield Farms, Winner of Best New Retail Product at the 2017 Awards said:

‘After all the hard work and skill involved in creating and developing a new product and bringing it to market, entering the 2018 awards will give any producer the good feeling that their efforts are appreciated. If you are thinking about entering, don’t delay, just do it! Whether you win or lose you’ll know that your new product has been showcased to a much wider audience and there are always new leads and opportunities ahead.’

The awards are a fantastic opportunity for local producers to promote and showcase their produce, product and business to the nation. Past winners have reported increased sales, greater brand recognition and business growth following a win at the awards.

Previous winners of these prestigious awards include Gordon Castle Walled Garden, Murdoch Allan Bakers, Fierce Beer and Summerhouse Drinks.

Winners will be announced at a glittering awards dinner and ceremony, which will take place on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at the Ardoe House Hotel.

The Awards have received sponsorship from a range of businesses from the North East and across Scotland, including ESS Support Services Worldwide, CMS, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Johnston Carmichael, Mackie’s of Scotland, Moray Council, Scotland Food & Drink, Skills Development Scotland and Styropak.

Investing In skills Development Winner 2017

Thursday 11 January

Are you a food or drink business that invests in raising the skills of your workforce? Have you seen the business benefits of investing in your people? Then enter the Investing in Skills Development Award.

Dennis Emslie Award Winner 2017

Tuesday 09 January

The Denis Emslie Award is for an individual who has gone above and beyond their duty. Do you have someone in your business that fits the bill and should enter? Hear more from last year’s winner, Denise Middler.

Awards launch to celebrate excellence across region’s food and drink businesses

Monday 30 October

Innovation and success within the region’s vibrant food and drink sector are set to be celebrated with the launch of the North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards 2018.

The awards are free to enter and are open to all food and drink producers based in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

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Winners Announced for the North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards

Thursday 30 March

Businesses throughout the region are celebrating after winning at the prestigious North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards.

11 winners were announced at the awards ceremony and dinner, held at the Ardoe House Hotel last night (Thursday 30, March). The winners were selected from a staggering 74 entries across all categories. Read More…

The North East’s Food & Drink Finalists Announced

Friday 10 March

27 businesses are celebrating after reaching the finals of the North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards 2017.

These prestigious awards welcomed entries from 39 food and drink companies from across the region, recognising, in particular, those that showcased exceptional innovation and excellence within the sector.

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New Food & Drink Awards Launch in Search of North East’s Finest

Thursday 10 November

The North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards launch today (Wednesday 9 November), celebrating excellence and innovation in the region’s significant food and drink sector.

Delivered in partnership by Opportunity North East (ONE) and Aberdeenshire Council, the awards are free to enter, and are open to all food and drink producers based in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

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