Mackays nominated for export award

Richard Lockhead watching the pouring of jam during his tour of Mackays factory in Arbroath. Showing him round is director Paul Grant.
Richard Lockhead watching the pouring of jam during his tour of Mackays factory in Arbroath. Showing him round is director Paul Grant.

An Arbroath food businesses has been selected for the ultimate industry hotlist as the shortlist for the coveted Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards is announced.

Mackays (Arbroath) have been nominated in the Export Business category. In addition to Mackays, nominees for this award are Brewdog, Aberdeenshire; and The Scottish Salmon Company, Edinburgh.

A record-breaking 239 entries were received, up from 153 in 2014. In the course of their assessment of the award applications, the retail and food service judging panel tasted 161 product entries during a two day tasting session, examining submissions from 116 businesses across Scotland.

The broadcaster, Kaye Adams, will announce the winners of the awards at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland on May 27. Dubbed the Scottish food and drink ‘Oscars’, the ceremony sold out in record time with more than 800 guests attending on the night. Attendees will be treated to a drinks reception and a dinner, showcasing the very best of Scotland’s larder.

The awards are organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS). The title sponsor is Asda and the awards are supported by Think Local.

Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, James Withers, said: “During the Year of Food and Drink it is appropriate that this year’s awards have been record breaking. This is testament to the profile, success and sentiment of the industry. We look forward to a stellar celebration in May!”

The other two Angus businesses nominated forwards are: Ogilivy Spirits (Glamis) for their Scottish Potato Vodka in the Alcoholic Drinks category; and Highland Game (Dundee) in the Success Through Partnership category, and owner Christian Nissen in the Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur category.