A number of Deeside firms were amongst those crowned winners at this year’s Grampian Food Forum Awards.
Tilquhillie Fine Foods, of Banchory, won the best new retail product for businesses up to 25 employees award for its maple syrup, Tillyjack, and The Crannach Bakery, with its Cambus O’May Cheese and Garlic Bread, came third in the same category. Duncan’s of Deeside won the award for best new foodservice product for businesses up to 25 employees with its Biscottea, Biscoffee, and the Deeside Brewery won the Anderson’s Packaging (Aberdeen) Ltd award for the product with the best packaging for its LAF - Californian Steam Beer; Macbeth - Robust Hopped Bitter.
Kris Lovie, sales director at Deeside Brewery, said: “This is a great start for 2012 and we are thrilled to have received this recognition for our products, especially as we are up against such tough competition.
“The Deeside area is known for its exceptional food and drink products and we are very honoured to be a part of that ongoing tradition.
“We hope to continue to produce hand-crafted beer that will be well received by the public for many years to come.”
The winners were revealed at a special awards dinner at the Thainstone Exchange in Inverurie, with prizes being presented by Peter Marks, Group Chief Executive of the Co-operative Group.
Mr Marks judged products along with Craig Stevenson, owner and managing director of Braehead Foods Ltd, and freelance journalist Karen Peattie.
They spent the day tasting and assessing entries from 28 North-east food and drink companies.
Mr Marks said: “It’s been truly wonderful to see so many great, new and innovative products.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some of these products on our shelves in the near future.
“We often hear from our politicians and economists that we need manufacturing businesses to lead us out of recession and I have seen strong evidence that the enterprising food and drink sector in Grampian is well placed to lead the way in helping the country with its recovery.”