Food and drink ‘oscars’ launched

Previous winners launch the 2017 food and drink awards
Previous winners launch the 2017 food and drink awards

The North East Scotland Food and Drink Awards 2017 have been launched.

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

Eleven categories are available for entry, including the Best Young Business Award, Food and Drink Entrepreneur Award and Best New Retail Product.

Peter Cook, director of food, drink and agriculture at ONE, said: “North East Scotland has a well-established and strong base for growth in food, drink, agriculture and seafood, with its wide range of primary produce, new businesses, big name brands and international connections.

“With a strong focus on innovation, these awards will ensure industry pioneers get the recognition they deserve, and we hope they will support business growth and encourage the creation of many more successful food and drink businesses to come.”

David Aitchison, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, said: “The region already contributes a great amount to Scotland’s food and drink sector but with continued growth forecast, it is estimated to achieve sales of £2.5 billion by 2020.

“The North East Scotland Food and Drink Awards will contribute to achieving that aim, by encouraging business development and providing a platform for businesses to show the nation, and prospective customers, what they do best.”

The awards replace and build on the success of the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards, which have been celebrating the region’s food and drink pedigree for more than 25 years.

Past winners include The Bay Fish and Chips, six °north brewery, Summerhouse Drinks and Barra Bronzes.

The closing date for entries is Monday, January 30.

Winners will be announced at an awards dinner, which will take place on Thursday, March 30.