Countdown to food and drink awards

Graeme Ross, right, with the Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014.
Graeme Ross, right, with the Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014.

The deadline is fast approaching for North-east food and drink entrepreneurs to be in with a chance of landing one of the industry’s most prestigious honours.

The Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards are open to businesses in the sector covering Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Moray.

The closing date for nominations to be lodged is Tuesday, February 3.

Categories this year include best new retail product, best new food service 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 2014, 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 are 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.”

As part of the celebration of quarter of a century of innovation in the food and drink industry in the area, a workshop entitled ‘Telling Your Story’ will be held on Wednesday, January 28, in Inverurie.

The event will provide useful information and tips to help local food and drink businesses promote themselves.

For further information on the Innovation Awards, or to book a place at the Inverurie workshop, visit www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/foodawards.