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Moray firms on food and drink awards shortlist


By Staff Reporter


MORAY food and drink businesses are celebrating after being named finalists in a regional hunt for the best of the best.

The Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards celebrate passion, quality and innovation throughout the region, shining a spotlight on the businesses helping put the area on the food and drink map.

Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards judges: (from left) Ethan Bews, Be Personnel; Konrad Lister, XPO Logistics; Andy Wilson, AquaScot; Yvonne Lewis, MacGregor Industrial Supplies; Martin Maclure, Scotland Food & Drink; Jamie Waugh, Johnston Carmichael; Alan Kelly, MacRoberts; Lyndsey Kelman, SPP; Kevin Staines, Kingsmills Hotel; Wendy Mitchell, Brook Street; Jeni Sheerin, Sharon Leon; Elaine Jamieson, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Sam Faircliff, Cairngorm Brewery. Picture: Callum Mackay.
Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards judges: (from left) Ethan Bews, Be Personnel; Konrad Lister, XPO Logistics; Andy Wilson, AquaScot; Yvonne Lewis, MacGregor Industrial Supplies; Martin Maclure, Scotland Food & Drink; Jamie Waugh, Johnston Carmichael; Alan Kelly, MacRoberts; Lyndsey Kelman, SPP; Kevin Staines, Kingsmills Hotel; Wendy Mitchell, Brook Street; Jeni Sheerin, Sharon Leon; Elaine Jamieson, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Sam Faircliff, Cairngorm Brewery. Picture: Callum Mackay.

Categories include the New Business Award, Sustainability Award and new for 2019, Primary Agricultural Producer of the Year.

Moray firms in the running in the Best Brewed category are Lossiemouth's Windswept Brewing, for its RAF Range, and Kinloss-based WooHa Brewing Company for WooHa Scotch Ale.

In the Best Distilled category, Avva Scottish Gin are in the running, as is Glenrinnes Distillery Ltd. Avva has also been shortlisted for the new product award for its Pink Scottish Gin.

Baxters Food Group is a finalist for its We Make Super marketing campaign, while Forres-based Green Grow - Aurora Sustainability Group has been shortlisted for the Innovation Award as well as in the sustainability category.

The final Moray finalist is Associated Seafood's Jodie Grierson, who has been named in the Young Ambassador of the Year section,

The awards are delivered with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and its head of food and drink, Elaine Jamieson, said: "These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate our food and drink products, food service and the fantastic people who work in one of our region’s most important sectors.

"I wish every one of the entries the best of luck and look forward to seeing many businesses at the awards ceremony.”

Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness on November 15. Tickets are available to buy from the HIFAD website.



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