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June 8, 2018

Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Award 2018 Businesses from across the country celebrate after being presented with awards by the chef Simon Rimmer at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2018. Photograph: Ditte Solgaard/ Scotland Food & Drink

The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2018 took place in Edinburgh last night.

More than 700 guests gathered to celebrate Scotland’s most prestigious food and drink awards.

Twenty-six winners were chosen from more than 275 entries with chef and TV Personality Simon Rimmer handing out the awards.

Recognised by both trade and consumers as an accolade of the highest quality, the awards are organised by Scotland Food & Drink and run in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), with Asda as headline sponsor.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said:

'Congratulations to all winners and finalists who have been selected from a record number of entries by our panel of more than 45 judges. Scotland is home to some of the most innovative producers and these awards give us the chance to celebrate just a few of them. We have a fantastic mix of established world-class businesses and a new generation of entrepreneurs coming through.

'Scottish food and drink is now a national success story. Our unique partnership of industry bodies and Scottish Government has driven that. However, it is the talent inside individual businesses that make our industry tick and who are putting Scotland on the global culinary map.'

Business Award Winners

Brand Success of the Year - Border Biscuits Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year - Michelle Phillips, Mimi's Bakehouse

Environmental Sustainability - Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd

Export Business of the Year - Tilly Confectionery Ltd

Innovation - Peel Tech Ltd

Investing in Skills - Joseph Robertson

Primary Producer of the Year - Chesters

Scottish Sourcing - The Whitehouse Restaurant Lochaline

Success Through Partnership - Quality Pork Ltd

Young Talent - Kirsty George, Luss Smokehouse

Tasted Award Winners

Bakery - Aldi - Specially Selected Orkney Caramel Shortbread

Brewing - six°north - Foraged and Found

Confectionery, Drink and Snacking - Cocoa Ooze Chocolates - Liquorice & Black Pepper Bar

Dairy - St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company - St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar

Distilling - Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd - Isle of Harris Gin

Fish and Seafood - Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd - Bradan Orach

Food Service Product of the Year - The Scottish Salmon Company - Native Hebridean Farmed Salmon

Healthy Choice - Hungry Squirrel - ABC Crunchy Mix Nut Butter

Meat - East Coast Cured - Porcini & Truffle Salami

Own Label Product of the Year - Aldi - Specially Selected Shortbread Rounds- Lemon

Savouries and Accompaniments - Spice Pots - Spice Pots Goan Blend

Scotch Brand Product of the Year - MacDuff 1890 - MacDuff 1890 Native Breed Body (Scotch Beef PGI)

Overall Award Winners

Food Pioneer of the Year - Calum Richardson – Bay Fish and Chips

Product of the Year - Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd – Isle of Harris Gin

Business of the Year - Border Biscuits

Outstanding Contribution - Jim Mclaren