Shortlisted announced ahead of Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2022

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 Scotland Food & Drink news

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Food and Drink businesses from across Scotland have been announced in the shortlist for the 21st Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. 

248 entries were submitted across 14 product categories, and overall, 48 individual items from 36 suppliers have been named as finalists. Buyers from some of the UK’s biggest retailers including Asda, Co-op, Tesco and Sodexo, alongside some of the food and drink industry’s most influential figures, were part of a judging panel that tasted and scored each product.

Shortlisted products include everything from Scottish Beef Biltong produced by Errichel & Thyme, Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon from The Scottish Salmon Company to Chocolate Cornflake Clusters from Lazy Day Foods.

28 individuals, teams and employers who are raising the bar and helping to build Scotland’s reputation as a land of food and drink were also shortlisted across seven business catagories.

Returning after a Covid-enforced hiatus, the 21st Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards  will take place during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight and be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 8 September supported by headline sponsor Asda.

John Davidson,  Deputy Chief Executive and Strategy Director at Scotland Food & Drink, said: “The Excellence Awards play an important role in recognising the innovation and creativity of everyone that is building the reputation of Scotland’s larder. It was fantastic to see such a range of producers and individuals in this years entires and a massive congratulations to all those that have been named in the shortlist. We can’t wait to bring everyone together after a challenging couple of years and celebrate in September.”

Ashley Connolly, Local Buying Manager at Asda, said: “Our customers are becoming increasingly conscious of where their food and drink is coming from and so our focus is to source high quality and innovative products that are new and exciting. I was delighted to be involved in the judging of this year’s Excellence Awards and it was wonderful to see such a high calibre of entries across all product categories. A massive congratulations to all of the individuals and businesses that have been shortlisted!”

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The full shortlist includes:

Tasted Categories




Artisan Product of the Year

Argyll Coffee Roasters

Clyde Steamer

Blackthorn Salt

Blackthorn Salt

Scottish Salmon Company

Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon

Webster Honey

Scottish Blossom Honey

Errichel & Thyme

Scottish Beef Biltong

Bakery Product of the Year


Specially Selected Gastro Steak and Black Pudding Single Pie

Clootie McToot

Clootie McToot Traditional Dumpling

Island Bakery

Isle of Mull Cheese Biscuits - Traditional Farmhouse Cheddar

Taste of Arran

Arran Oaties

Brewing Product of the Year


Perfect Storm

Bellfield Brewery Limited

Daft Days Porter


Disco Forklift Truck

Vault City Brewing

Vault City x Bruichladdich x Brewgooder Barrel Aged Whisky Sour Beer

Confectionery & Soft Drinks Product of the Year

Bon Accord Soft Drinks

Pink Grapefruit Soda

Bon Accord Soft Drinks

Rhubarb Soda

Nuisance Drinks

Wild Nettle

Savora Drinks

Zesty Lime & Sweet Agave

Dairy Product of the Year

Arran Ice Cream

Scottish Tablet ice cream

Graham's The Family Dairy

Graham's The Family Dairy Scottish Butter with Isle of Skye Sea Salt

Rora Dairy

Greek style yogurt

St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company

St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar

Distilling Product of the Year

Crafty Scottish Distillers Ltd

Hills & Harbour Gin

Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky

Octave Premium Glen Grant 30 Year Old

Dunnet Bay Distilers Ltd.

Rock Rose Gin - Citrus Coastal Edition

Great Glen Distillery Limited

Great Glen Premium Scottish Gin

Isle of Raasay Distillery

Isle of Raasay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Fish & Seafood Product of the Year


Harissa Infused Scottish Salmon Fillets

CAMPBELLS & Co Smokehouse Ltd

Smoked Steelhead Trout Long Sliced Side

Sutherlands of Portsoy

Cold Smoked Steelhead Trout

The Scottish Salmon Company

Native Hebridean Smoked Scottish Salmon

Free From Award

Island Bakery

Sweet FA Gluten-Free Organic Cookies

Lazy Day Foods

Chocolate Cake Bars

Lazy Day Foods

Millionaire's Shortbread

Nudie Snacks

Cauliflower Crisps - Cheese & Carmalised Onion

Healthier Choice Product of the Year

Graham's The Family Dairy

Graham’s The Family Dairy Squidgies Pouch

Nudie Snacks

Cauliflower Crisps - Cheese & Carmalised Onion

Planet Kuku

Cauliflower, turmeric, basil and nigella seeds kuku

Meat Product of the Year

Castle MacLellan

Heston from Waitrose Chicken Liver Parfait

Donald Russell Ltd

2 Venison Wellingtons

East Coast Cured

Saucisson Sec

East Coast Cured


Scotch Brand Product of the Year


Specially Selected Scotch Aberdeen Angus Ribeye Steak 36 Day Matured


Specially Selected Scottish Smoked Streaky Bacon


Gilmour Black Gold

Snacks & Accompaniments Product of the Year

Lazy Day Foods

Chocolate Cornflake Clusters

SHORE The Scottish Seaweed Co.

SHORE Seaweed Chips

The Drinks Bakery

Parmesan Toasted Pine Nuts & Basil

The Drinks Bakery

Mature Cheddar Chilli & Almond


Business Categories



Best for Scottish (Independent)

Bonnie & Wild

Café St Honoré


MacDuff 1890

Best for Scottish (Multiple)





Employer of the Year



Scottish Sea Farms

The Scottish Salmon Company

Primary Producer of the Year

Angus Soft Fruits

Blackthorn Salt

Infinite Spring Ltd

Uradale Farm

Regional Food and Drink Award

Bonnie & Wild

ESS Energy

Outer Hebrides Tourism

Shetland Food & Drink Limited

Sustainability Award

Arbikie Distillery

Mackie's of Scotland

PJs Foods Limited

Two Raccoons

We Hae Meat Ltd

Young Talent

Devro- Kyle Nielsen

Savora Drinks- Matthew Walker

Tagliotello Ltd- Otello Calvert

The Scottish Salmon Company-  Alec Marwick

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