Local businesses shortlisted for awards

Amity Fish Co owner and skipper of the Amity II, Jimmy Buchan with Clerkhill School pupils
Amity Fish Co owner and skipper of the Amity II, Jimmy Buchan with Clerkhill School pupils

Two Peterhead businesses have been shortlisted for prestigious regional awards.

Amity Fish Co Limited and Mackintosh of Glendaveny Ltd are in the running for two separate Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards.

Amity Fish Co Limited is up for Best New Foodservice Product while Mackintosh of Glendaveny has been shortlisted in the Best New Retail Product category.

The shortlisting of this year’s entries took place on Tuesday, February 17 at Porterhouse, Thainstone Centre, Inverurie.

Over 80 nominations from 33 businesses were received by the Grampian Food Forum following a regional campaign to encourage food and drink producers to enter.

The judging team, comprised of Stephen Brown, Local Sourcing and Diversification Manager with Scotmid Co-operative Foods, and Graham Singer, Food Operations Manager with ESS Support Services Worldwide, was very impressed with the standard of entries.

Stephen said: “I would like to thank all the entrants for submitting their applications, it’s been a fantastic day sampling many interesting products, demonstrating how vibrant the food and drink sector is in Grampian.”

He added: “I’m really looking forward to the finals where we have the opportunity to meet the people behind the product.”

The winners will be announced by Colin MacLean, Chief Operating Officer of Scotmid Co-operative Foods, at the Innovation Awards Dinner which is taking place at Ardoe House Hotel and Spa on Thursday, March 19.

Tickets for the dinner cost £70 each and can be booked online at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/foodawards.

The Grampian Food Forum has commissioned local artists Jane Ronie and Lethenty Cabinetmakers to create bespoke, hand-made trophies made of glass coloured to resemble the Grampian Food Forum’s logo.