Grampian Food Forum award winners celebrate

Family-run turkey business Barra Bronzes - Craig Michie and wife Maria.
Family-run turkey business Barra Bronzes - Craig Michie and wife Maria.

Businesses across the North-east are celebrating after success at the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards.

Organised by Grampian Food Forum, the awards celebrate excellence and innovation in food and drink in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Moray.

Categories included Best New Retail Product, Best New Foodservice Product, the Grampian Food and Drink

Entrepreneur 2016 and the Best Young Business.

From The Good Granola Company, based in Aberdeen, and small Fraserburgh drinks producer Summerhouse Drinks, to established family businesses like Mackie’s of Scotland and Moray-based Assoicated seafoods, the awards showcased the diversity and strength of food and drink in the region.

Sarah Mackie, Scottish procurement director for Brakes, who led the judging panel, said: “The awards are a great platform for rewarding and celebrating innovation in the food and drink sector.

“We are delighted to see existing companies driving innovation with new products as well as an encouraging number of new local businesses starting up and others evolving.”

A record number of 39 businesses entered the awards this year of which 29 were shortlisted with 10 recognised on the night.

Organisers were encouraged to see the strong presence of promising young businesses participating, 15 of which had started their enterprises within the last five years.

Winners were: Associated Seafoods Ltd, Barra Bronzes, The Bay Fish & Chips, Peter Bruce at Entier Ltd, Dean’s, The Good Granola Company, Joseph Robertson (Aberdeen) Ltd., Mackie’s of Scotland, six°north brewery and Summerhouse Drinks Ltd.