Scottish Food And Drink Excellence Awards 2004 Highland Game Takes Supreme With Wild Venison Product
Scotland’s wild venison industry has been given a major boost with Highland Game Ltd of Dundee winning both the supreme award and the retail meat category in the 2004 Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards. The firm – a first-time entrant to the awards - has been one of the drivers behind the Scottish Quality Wild Venison Assurance Scheme. It won with its larder-trimmed loin of Scottish wild venison, a product marketed as prime quality from “hill to table”. The supreme award was presented last night (Wednesday, May 12) by Mr Ross Finnie, Scottish Executive Minister for Environment and Rural Development, at a Gala Dinner at Stirling Castle attended by many of the leading companies and individuals from Scotland’s £7.3 billion food and drink industry. Altogether, fifteen top food and drink companies received awards in various categories including retail, food service, export, healthy eating, direct marketing and children’s product. Announcing the supreme award, Ross Finnie said: “Scotland enjoys an enviable international reputation for the quality of its produce. The Scottish Executive is committed to working with our food industry to take advantage of the opportunities that reputation creates. It is notable that this year’s supreme award builds on Scotland’s outstanding brand image for healthy and natural produce. It will provide a huge boost to Scotland’s wild venison sector. “Excellence brings its own rewards, with greater consumer confidence and enhanced profile in competitive markets. These awards represent a major incentive to producers to meet the highest standards that we are working to promote.” Highland Game aims to consistently supply the best quality wild venison on the market, sourcing from specially selected and approved suppliers who can provide full traceability. The meat is then processed at its plant in Dundee, the only wild game processing plant accredited with SQWVA accreditation. The company has recognised the growing consumer demand for healthy food and is providing a premium product that is nutritious, high in protein and minerals but low in cholesterol and saturated fat. The award-winning product comes in an “exclusive feel” presentation box and is ideal for a dinner party for 6-8 people. The Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards – recognised as the “Oscars” of the industry - are organised jointly and co-sponsored by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and Scottish Food and Drink in association with Scottish Enterprise. Other major sponsors included The Grocer magazine, Scottish Development International and the Scottish Executive’s Healthy Living Campaign. Judges for the awards were Ed Bedington, Market Edge Editor, The Grocer; Simon Blunt, Senior Development Chef, Brakes; Jennifer Bryson, Senior Executive, Food and Drink, Scottish Enterprise; Tony Jackson, Director of Catering, Aviemore Highland Resort Ltd; Sarah Mackie, Senior Product Developer, Safeway plc; Ewen Cameron, Senior Development Executive, SDI; Gillian Kynoch, Scottish Food and Health Co-ordinator; Campbell Laird, Managing Director Brands, Tayburn; Ceri Ritchie, Group Manager Rural Business and Marketing, SAC and Allan Stevenson, Project Manager, SAOS.

More than 130 products were entered this year – a record entry and an indication that more companies are now realising the promotional and commercial benefits of winning awards. This is the third year of the awards in their present form. Maggie McGinlay, Director of Scottish Food & Drink at Scottish Enterprise, said: “It has been especially interesting this year to see so many new companies entering and being short-listed. The quality of entries has been extremely high and it is obvious there is a real climate of innovation and flair within the industry.” Gareth Baird, RHASS Director and Chairman of the Food and Drink at the Royal Highland Committee, said: “The Society has long been a standard-bearer for the promotion of food and drink, particularly primary production. Working closely with Scottish Food and Drink, we have taken these prestigious awards to a position of prominence in the industry where they can deliver true commercial value.” The following is the list of category winners…
Retail - Meat (Red, White & Game) & Supreme Award. Sponsored by The Grocer Whole Loin of Scottish Wild Venison - Highland Game Ltd., Baird Avenue, Dryburgh Industrial Estate, Dundee DD2 3TN Contact: Christian Nissen Tel: 01382 827088 Retail – Soup, Preserve, Pickle & Sauce. Sponsored by The Grocer Range of Conserve Relishes - Buccleuch Heritage Foods, Station Yard, Oakwell Road, Castle Douglas DG7 1LA Contact: Morag McLachlan/ Colin Warden Tel: 01556 503399 Versatility is the key to these products which can be consumed as a relish, spread, sauce, marinade, seasoning or recipe ingredient – multifunctional and flavoursome, adding a new dimension to the repertoire of the kitchen. Five flavours – apple ginger, chilli & honey, spiced apricot & banana, plum & port, mulled cranberry. Retail – Fruit or Vegetable (including Vegetarian). Sponsored by The Grocer “Pure & Pronto” Vegetarian Organic Ready Meals - Simply Organic, 19-21 Dryden Vale, Bilston Glen, Midlothian EH20 9HN Contact: Belinda Mitchell/Christine Manson Tel: 0131 448 0440 Range of five vegetarian organic ready meals created to meet consumer demand for convenience without compromise on health. Products are all vegetable/pulse based stews, providing a hearty meal heated in minutes in the microwave and offering at least three of the recommended five daily servings of fruit/vegetables. Packs feature endorsement by Carol Vorderman. Retail – Dairy, Confectionery & Snacking. Sponsored by The Grocer Orange and Passion Fruit Vibrant - Mackie’s of Scotland, Westertown, Rothienorman, Aberdeenshire AB51 8US Contact: Karin Hayhow/Denis Emslie Tel: 01467 671466 This unique “sherbet” product is made like a sorbet but with a little milk to deliver the tangy, refreshing quality of a sorbet and the smoothness of an ice cream. Health benefits include low fat (98% fat free) and lower calories (less than 100kcal per serving). Product contains a drop of “heart wings” orchid flower essence, intended to relieve stress - integral to the “Good Mood Food” brand. Retail – Bakery and Cereal Based Product. Sponsored by The Grocer Scottish Fruit Preserve Range of Shortbread Biscuit - Dean’s of Huntly, Depot Road, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 8JX Contact: Siobhan Ingram Tel: 01466 792086 Four premium shortbread biscuit products – Apple Crumble, Raspberry & Oatmeal, Orange Marmalade & Oatflake, Lemon Curd & Oatflake. A combination of shortbread know-how with traditional sweet favourites, the range is aimed at the “time poor, money rich” consumer wishing to purchase indulgent food products either for self-eat or as a gift. Retail – Drink (Alcoholic and Non Alcholic). Sponsored by The Grocer Beefeater Wet Gin - Allied Distillers Ltd., Kilmalid, Stirling Road, Dumbarton G82 2SS Contact: Kevin Handley Tel: 01389 765111 Designed to be more flavoursome than vodka and more palatable than conventional gin, the world’s first “wet gin” is a blend of gin and natural pear extracts. Distinctive label and bottle design ensures the product stands out on the shelf or bar gantry. The product’s main market is the USA with a focus on placement in style bars and restaurants. Food Service - Starter/Buffet/Appetiser. Sponsored by Scottish Enterprise Thai Ginger Fish Brochettes - Trawlpac Seafoods Ltd., Craigshaw Place, West Tullos, Aberdeen AB13AH Contact: Linda Cross Tel: 01224 871093 High quality strips of skinless, boneless Argentine Fish fillets skewered onto bamboo sticks, lightly coated with a spicy Thai ginger seasoning with chopped coriander. Each brochette weighs 50 gms and is 95% fish fillet. Argentine Fish (also known as Silver Smelt) are caught by Scottish fishermen in deep water areas. Healthy option as the species is a recognised “oily” fish. Food Service – Main course incl Vegetable & Accompaniment. Sponsored by Scottish Enterprise Range of Chutneys, Sauces, Relishes and Dressings - Ancient Recipes, Empire Way, Gretna, Dumfries & Galloway DG16 5BN Contact: Doreen Johnston Tel: 01461 337239 These products use the freshest of ingredients from a sister company Solway Veg Ltd and are free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives. Traditional open pan method of cooking ensures excellent taste. The current range includes 40 products with others in development for a specific customer brief. Market is sandwich and food manufacturers.


Food Service - Bakery & Pastry. Sponsored by Scottish Enterprise Fulfilled Connoisseurs Choice Sandwiches - Food Partners Ltd, Rowallan Business Park, Southcraig Avenue, Kilmarnock KA3 6BQ Contact: Ian Chree Tel: 01563 556000 A choice of wedges, bloomers and hot and cold eating ciabattas with innovative breads, fillings and new combinations designed by the company’s development chefs e.g. crayfish, lime mayonnaise and rocket on malted wheatgrain bread. The range comes in an attractive packaging format for a fresh offer and a strong on-shelf impact. Food Service – Confectionery/Ice Cream/Dessert. Sponsored by Scottish Enterprise Chocolate Mudslide - Macphie of Glenbervie Limited, Glenbervie, Stonehaven AB39 3YG Contact: Arlene Smith Tel: 01569 740641 Part of the Sheer Indulgence Range, this glossy chocolate fudge sauce is best served hot, although it can be served cold. Used for serving over ice cream, chocolate fudge cake and similar desserts. Like other products in the range, it has an 18 month shelf life and on de-frosting, can be kept refrigerated for three days. Export – Product Entering Multi-Markets. Sponsored by Scottish Development International Drumgray Highland Cream Fudge - Gardiners of Scotland Ltd., Turfholm Industrial Estate, Lesmahagow, Lanark ML11 0ED Contact: Tom Gardiner Tel: 01555 894155 Although Gardiners had used single malt whiskies in previous products, they had never used a liqueur based on a blend of single malt and cream. The company worked with Drumgray Distillery for two years to develop the fudge which is aimed at the niche market gift trade. It is currently exported to 18 countries. Export – New Product Entering Single Market. Sponsored by Scottish Development International Pre-Packed Live Oysters In The Shell - Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group, Unit 8, Block 22, Motherwell Food Park, Bellshill, Lanarkshire ML4 3NP Contact: Laura Drylie Tel:01698 844221 Developed for a Swiss supermarket group seeking a product for the pre-packed chilled shelf. Challenge to create the right conditions and packaging to ensure the oysters arrive in Switzerland in top condition, with at least seven days shelf-life. High quality Scottish product now providing excellent eating experience for Swiss consumers. Children’s Product. Sponsored by Scottish Enterprise Blackcurrant Buzz - Golden Casket Group, Fort Matilda Industrial Estate, Greenock PA16 7QS Contact: Sandra Fisher Tel: 01475 721099 Sweets with a fruity blackcurrant taste and an added buzz. This new flavour to the “Millions - The Tiny Tasty Chewy Sweets, is available in weigh-out jars, tubes and mini-tubes. The company aim to grow the brand with the new flavour and not simply redistribute sales in the highly competitive children’s market place. Direct Marketing Development. Sponsored by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland Range of Ready to Cook En Croute Dishes - Donald Russell Direct, Harlaw Industrial Estate, Inverurie AB51 4FR Contact: Ian Morrison Tel: 01467 622601 The six products include top quality beef, lamb and salmon presented in portion sizes for individuals or for entertaining. The combination of home delivery, quality and unique recipes has given the range a competitive edge. Launched last October, the products are specially packaged to ensure perfect condition on delivery with boxes containing a “How To Cook Factsheet”. Healthy Eating. Sponsored by Healthy Living Supajus - Natural Fruit & Beverage Co.Ltd., Viewfield Park, Viewfield Road, Coatbridge ML5 5QS Contact: Gerry Dunn Tel: 01236 429042 An orange juice drink with Omega 3 branded as “Supajus – the think drink”. A functional drink that is 50% pure orange juice and designed to deliver around 50% of the recommended daily dose of DHA (docosahexaenoic acids). Specific target consumers are pregnant women, young mothers and children. The product builds on an existing body of medical evidence for its health claims. Most Successful Product From 2003 Awards. Sponsored by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland Dean’s of Huntly with their “Petit Fours” – luxury, bite size shortbread rounds. Contact: Siobhan Ingram Tel: 01466 792086 Ends Notes to Editors 1 The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland promotes primary production within the food chain and provides a platform for downstream processors, producers and retailers by staging the prestigious “Food and Drink at the Royal Highland” exhibition visited by more than 120,000 consumers at the Royal Highland Show. 2 Scottish Food & Drink is an industry-led initiative to help individual companies develop through shared experience and innovation. It is supported by the Scottish Executive and Highlands and Islands Enterprise and facilitated by Scottish Enterprise. It offers a range of programmes and support to help companies develop and maximise competitive advantage. 3 Photos of award winning products and presentation of awards are available electronically from RMPR Limited. Issued jointly by Ross Muir of RMPR Ltd on behalf of the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland and Carmel Rosato, PR contractor on behalf of Scottish Enterprise. Further information: Ross Muir on 01383 432608 or 07971 041853 or Carmel Rosato on 01224 252112 or 07791 754113 or The Scottish Enterprise Press Office on To access the SE online newsroom, log into (May 12 2004) RHASS/07/2004/Awards2004


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