Nominations open for excellence in food and drink

The excellence of food and drink being produced throughout the Grampian region is once again set to be recognised though the innovation awards of the Grampian Food Forum.

Food and drink producers in Moray have featured highly in the annual awards – now nominations are being invited for the 2015 awards, with the closing date set at Tuesday, February 3.

Categories open to nominations include best new retail product, best new foodservice product and company commitment to health and wellbeing.

Local businesses also have the opportunity to enter the categories of independent retailer of the year, best young business and the Denis Emslie ‘Above and Beyond’ Award.

The accolade of Food & Drink Entrepreneur last year, sponsored by Johnston Carmichael, went to Inverurie-based J.G.Ross (Bakers) Ltd.

Director of the company, Graeme Ross, said: “Businesses in the north-east of Scotland is recognised for both our excellence in food and drink and also for our entrepreneurial spirit.

“We are however very modest and get to where we are today thanks to drive, enthusiasm and leadership with support from strong teams.

“I would encourage you all to take 30 minutes to reflect on the challenges you have faced over the past 12 months and your successes and then complete an entry form for the award of Grampian Food & Drink Entrepreneur 2015.”

As part of the celebration of 25 years of innovation in the food and drink industry in the north-east, a workshop entitled, ‘Telling Your Story’ will take place on Wednesday, 28 January in Inverurie.

It will provide useful information and tips to help local food and drink businesses create compelling content and eye-catching images for use in PR, websites and social media platforms and also to provide assistance on entering the awards.

For further information on the Innovation Awards or to book a place at the workshop, businesses are asked to visit the food awards website.

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