You can download a copy of the entry guidelines here.
Most Successful Product from the 2019 Awards
Sponsor - Aberdeenshire Council This Award recognises the success of a product/range that reached the finals of the 2019 North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards, and the impact it has made on the business.
Best Retail Product
This award is for the best retail product (food and non-alcoholic drinks) launched between 1 January 2019 and 31 January 2020 and not previously entered in this category. Excludes brewed and distilled products. Products can be branded or own label that are sold through independent or multiple retailers, farm shops, farmers markets, delis etc or directly to the consumer. A maximum of three separate entries can be submitted to this category. Closely related products should be entered as a range; a maximum of three products from the range can be submitted.
Best Brewed Product
For brewed products developed specifically for the retail and/or foodservice sectors. Products launched between 1 January 2019 and 31 January 2020.
Best Distilled Product
For distilled products developed specifically for the retail and/or foodservice sectors. Products launched between 1 January 2019 and 31 January 2020.
Best Foodservice Product
Sponsored By ESS Support Services Worldwide For products developed specifically for the foodservice and catering sector. Products launched between 1 January 2019 and 31 January 2020. Excludes products that are brewed/distilled.
Best Young Business
sponsored by Strachans This award is for a young food and drink producer/manufacturing business that is less than 5 years old, that can clearly demonstrate the uniqueness of their business model, business plan and marketing approach.
Investing in Skills Development
Sponsored by Skills Development Scotland For a business who has shown the greatest achievement in raising skills of their workforce and achieving business benefit.
Food & Drink Business Growth Award
Sponsored by Johnston Carmichael The Food & Drink Business Growth Award recognises a business that has shown fantastic commercial performance, entrepreneurial flair, strategic planning, innovation, and strong leadership.
Export Business of the Year
sponsored by Dentons UK and Middle East LLP For the company with a clear internationalisation strategy, which drives export growth.
Best Food & Drink Tourism Experience
sponsored by Serco NorthLink Ferries 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.
The Sustainability Award
sponsored by Scotland Food and Drink The Sustainability Award recognises a food or drink producer/manufacturer who is demonstrating leadership in the sector in response to the climate emergency.
Sponsored by CMS For a business who can demonstrate a high level of innovation and how this has had a positive impact on their business. This innovation may come from digital/business model transformation, supply chain, processes, packaging or products.