THE shortlist has been unveiled for this year’s Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, with 50 Scottish food and drink businesses competing across 19 contested categories.
The awards, which celebrate businesses across Scotland’s food and drink sectors, comprise nine product categories – which will be judged mainly by taste test; a range of business categories, including Environmental Sustainability, Scottish Sourcing, and Investing in People; as well as the Young Talent award for up and coming members of the industry.
Winners of the 2015 awards will be announced at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland on May 27 at a gala dinner hosted by broadcaster Kaye Adams.
Over 800 guests are expected to attend this year’s ceremony.
James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said the awards “recognise the incredible quality” of Scotland’s food and drink industry.
“Across our land of food and drink the shortlist recognises big businesses to smaller, artisan producers ranging from new to long established,” said Withers.
“Our expert panel of judges have remarked on the impressive quality of products and the high standard of business entries.”
The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards is organised by Scotland Food & Drink, a membership organisation dedicated to promoting Scotland’s food and drink industry at home and overseas.
The organisation claims to have received 239 entries from 116 different businesses for this year’s awards, up from 153 entries in 2014.
Shortlisted businesses include Baxters, Galloway Chillies, Arran Dairies, AG Barr, Ian Macleod Distillers and Brewdog.