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Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards - Open For Entries

Celebrating the best of Scotland’s exceptional food and drink scene, The Excellence Awards shine a light on the incredible businesses that call this unique country their home.  

For over two decades, the coveted Excellence Awards have brought together the finest Scottish producers with key decision makers and influencers across the industry. Underpinned by people, passion, and perseverance, it is an opportunity to toast to our industry’s fantastic achievements of the past year, whilst looking to the future and supporting the next wave of innovation and creativity.

The Excellence Awards are now open for entries. Browse our categories and submit your application by 19 June. 

Entries are £40 for Scotland Food & Drink members and £60 for non-members.

 

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The Excellence Summit

This year, The Excellence Awards are part of the wider Excellence Summit, find out more here and buy your tickets here.

The Awards explore specialist taste categories for quality food and drink, alongside business categories championing noteworthy, tenacious organisations. Our expert judging panel, made up of key buyers, influencers, and chefs, work to reward and reflect on the hard work and determination behind each entry. From brand new start-ups to industry giants, these awards are for you.   

Of course, with a room full of foodies, the night itself includes the opportunity to try out some of Scotland’s best produce. We can’t wait to take you with us once again as we experience a true taste of excellence. 

We're delighted to announce that Asda is our headline sponsor for The Excellence Summit. If you're interested in finding out more about our sponsorship packages, please get in touch.

Tickets Now on Sale

Combined tickets can be bought for both events or you can purchase individual tickets for the conference only or the Excellence Awards only. 

  Early Bird Price Standard Price
Member Conference and Awards Ticket £190 + VAT £200 + VAT
Member Conference Only Ticket £50 + VAT £60 + VAT
Member Awards Only Ticket N/A £150 + VAT
Non-Member Conference and Awards Ticket N/A £420 + VAT
Non-Member Conference Only Ticket N/A £190 + VAT
Non-Member Awards Only Ticket N/A £250 + VAT

Please note organisations can purchase a maximum of 4 tickets for the conference. Additional tickets to the Excellence Awards can be purchased if required.

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Why should I apply for the Excellence Awards 2024?

Awards not only acknowledge success; they recognise many other qualities: ability, struggle, effort and, above all, excellence. 

We want to hear from businesses that call Scotland home and are proud of what they have achieved over the past year. From start-up artisan producers, through to well established industry powerhouses, we want to experience a taste of your very best. With a mix of taste-led and business-led categories, the Excellence Awards offer something for everyone. 

Before applying, please familiarise yourself with the judging criteria.

Entries are £40 for Scotland Food & Drink members and £60 for non-members.

Apply for the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2024 before 19 June.

Tasted Categories

Please note, any product or business that won an award in 2023 is not eligible to enter that same category again in 2024.

The Artisan Product of the Year Award will be presented to a business with a focus in either the local and regional food market, and/or provide a premium ‘hand-crafted’ product. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Tasted products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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This Award is open to Scottish food and drink companies whose bakery products or offerings are wholly or mainly produced, processed and packaged in Scotland. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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This Award is open to Scottish food and drink companies whose beer or cider products or offerings are wholly or mainly produced, processed and packaged in Scotland. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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This Award is open to Scottish food and drink companies whose confectionery products or offerings are wholly or mainly produced, processed and packaged in Scotland. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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This Award is open to Scottish food and drink companies whose dairy products or offerings are wholly or mainly produced, processed and packaged in Scotland. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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The Distilling Award is open to Scottish food and drink companies whose product is manufactured and bottled in Scotland. Products using NGS not made in Scotland are eligible, as long as a compounding process, or distillation has occurred in Scotland. Products made by contract are also eligible, if the above criteria applies. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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The Distilling Award is open to Scottish food and drink companies whose product is manufactured and bottled in Scotland. Products using NGS not made in Scotland are eligible, as long as a compounding process, or distillation has occurred in Scotland. Products made by contract are also eligible, if the above criteria applies. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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This Award is open to Scottish food and drink companies whose fish or seafood products or offerings are wholly or mainly produced, processed and packaged in Scotland. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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The Free From Award will be presented to the business that has demonstrated a strong commitment to developing the most innovative/ground-breaking manufactured product, specifically designed to be free of one or more of the five main allergens: milk, gluten, eggs, nuts and soy. New concepts, innovative use of ingredients or manufacturing techniques, unusual recipes, new ways to deliver health or flavour. We want to know about them. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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The Healthier Choice award will be presented to a product where the business that has demonstrated a strong commitment to developing, incorporating and promoting good nutrition and healthier qualities into its product. Products may be new to market, well established or recently reformulated but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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This Award is open to Scottish food and drink companies whose meat products or offerings are wholly or mainly produced, processed and packaged in Scotland. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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The Scotch Brand Product of the Year Award recognises businesses in Scotland which are leading the way in producing top quality Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI or Specially Selected Pork products. For products to qualify for Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI or Specially Selected Pork they must be quality assured and, as part of this, have been sourced from cattle/lambs/pigs born, reared and processed in Scotland. Products using Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Beef PGI and Specially Selected Pork as an ingredient must contain a minimum meat content of 25%. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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This Award is open to Scottish food and drink companies whose snacks or accompaniments products or offerings are wholly or mainly produced, processed and packaged in Scotland. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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This Award is open to Scottish food and drink companies whose soft drink products or offerings are wholly or mainly produced, processed and packaged in Scotland. Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since June 2023 or before. Products can be for either the foodservice or the retail market, and will be judged within the relevant context. 

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Business Categories

Please note, with the exception of Best for Scottish (Independent) and Best for Scottish (Multiple), any product or business that won an award in 2023 is not eligible to enter that same category again in 2024.

This Award is open to all independent retail, wholesale or foodservice businesses who place Scottish sourcing at the heart of their consumer experience and proudly promote Scottish provenance. For example, this may be a restaurant, bar, café, deli, visitor centre, market, festival, event or wholesale business. The Award will be presented to the company who has a clear strategy for growth, understands their customers, has a passion for Scottish provenance and is able to reflect that a successful business recognises the value of strong relationships with their suppliers. The company must have 10 or fewer sites to enter this Award; if they have 11+ they may enter the Best for Scottish (Multiple Operator) Award.


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This Award is open to all large scale retail, wholesale or foodservice businesses (including contract caterers and restaurant/pub groups) who place Scottish sourcing at the heart of their consumer experience and proudly promote Scottish provenance. This Award will be presented to the company who has a clear strategy for growth, understands their customers, has a passion for Scottish provenance and is able to reflect that a successful business recognises the value of strong relationships with their suppliers. The company must have 11+ sites to enter this Award; if they less than this, they may enter the Best for Scottish (Independent Business) Award.


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The Employer of the Year Award recognises employers that have made an outstanding effort in inspiring and motivating their people in the face of extreme adversity and change; building strong employer brands despite the challenges and hurdles thrown their way. This Award aims to shine a spotlight on the innovation and creativity developed that will leave a lasting legacy on our sector helping to attract the next generation of talented employees. The overall judging will consider how investing in people through health and wellbeing, skills and training and diversity and inclusion initiatives have made a positive contribution to the company, industry and society. The judges will also be looking for how well the initiative(s) have been embedded in the organisation.


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Entries are welcomed from those in our farming, crofting, fishing and aquaculture sectors who can demonstrate their passion for their business and ambitions for growth. The Primary Producer award will be given to the producer who is able to demonstrate the most significant all-round achievement in maximising their returns, market awareness and meeting market specification; supporting the quality reputation of Scotland’s food industry. For the majority of producers, income depends on maximising performance by managing costs, the efficiency of production and the quality of the products offered for sale. This requires an awareness of the needs of the next stage in the supply chain and ideally an awareness of the target market further down the supply chain.


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This category recognises a business, individual or group that has supported and promoted Scotland’s regional food and drink offerings in an exceptional way. The award is for those who are helping to shine a light on the creativity and diversity of the producers and unique products in their local area, driving the growth of regional food and drink and in turn creating a positive impact on their local community. Whether you are in hospitality and tourism; independent retailing; run a regional food group or a local market; or simply have a passion and dedication to your regional food and drink producers, we are looking for you to demonstrate how you have worked collaboratively to help put Scotland’s regional food and drink on the map. Activities included within the entry form must have been undertaken between January 2023 and January 2024.


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Does your company place sustainability at its core? Have you implemented a leading sustainability initiative that’s reduced your company’s impact on the environment? What we eat, where our food comes from, how it’s produced and packaged, and how much food we waste are significant drivers of global climate change. We believe Scotland’s food and drink industry must aspire to be a model for others to follow; a global leader in climate-friendly food production. Scotland has already set world leading targets for emissions reduction; our food and drink industry must be world-leading too. This award seeks to showcase the leaders and the innovators rising to this generational challenge and the opportunities it brings.


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The future of the food and drink industry depends on inspiring the next generation. The Young Talent Award aims to recognise the achievements of our young people in the sector and give companies an opportunity to demonstrate the investment they make in their workforce. This Award will be presented to entrants between the ages of 16 and 26 (applicants must be 26 or under on 23 October 2024) who demonstrate the greatest skill in their chosen sector of the food and drink industry and can represent the industry positively. Entrants can be involved in manufacturing, retailing or any sector directly linked to the food and drink industry. Finalists may be invited to interview.


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Sponsor The Excellence Awards

We're delighted to announce that Asda is our headline sponsor for The Excellence Summit.

Would you like to sponsor The Excellence Awards 2024? Find out more and get in touch today.

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