Three-star award for Glendaveny business

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Buchan business success story Mackintosh of Glendaveny has picked up another coveted food award.

Scottish entrepreneur Gregor Mackintosh was celebrating after his company picked up a prestigious three star award at this year’s Great Taste Awards.

The accolade - the highest available from the Guild of Fine Foods - was awarded to the firm for its extra virgin, cold-pressed rapeseed oil and is one of only two awarded to rapeseed oil producers in the UK, and the only one in Scotland.

The Great Taste Awards are the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting. Mackintosh of Glendaveny – who has been producing extra virgin cold-pressed rapeseed oil since 2009 - also received a one star award for its jalapeno infused rapeseed oil.

Gregor Mackintosh, the company’s 25-year-old managing director, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for us. There were more than seventy entrants into the rapeseed oil category and only two received three star awards.

“Being the only producer in Scotland to receive this accolade is something I’m very proud of and the quality of our produce which is being used by industry, in professional kitchens and by customers buying through our multiple and independent retailer supply arrangements.

“Product quality has been priority from day one and this award proved we are maintaining this as the business and outputs grow.”

This news follows a series of important achievements by Mackintosh of Glendaveny in recent months including its first export deal, a new supply agreement with Sainsbury and the doubling of its existing contract with Tesco, both through their Scottish stores.

The company now supplies to 118 of Tesco’s Scottish stores, 43 Asda outlets and 20 Sainsbury stores.

Mackintosh also received the Environmental Sustainability award at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards earlier this year after recent expansions and efficiencies have allowed the company to work under a 0% waste policy.