The final line-up has been chosen for the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards.
A total of 28 companies have entered the prestigious annual event, which aims to recognise and commend product innovation and good business practice shown by the North-east east food and drink industry.
Judges Donald Reid, food and drink editor of The List, and Asda Bridge of Dee store manager, Martin Green assessed 32 products and short-listed those which now go through to final judging taking place on Thursday, March 20.
Mr Reid said: “Innovation is crucial to any business and the products on show display how local companies are responding to the market, modern food trends and aspiring to produce quality food and drink.”
Companies who are in the final include Allarburn Farm Shop, Associated Seafoods Ltd, Balmakewan Farm Shop, Berry crumptious, Brewmeister, Chalmers Bakery Ltd, Cocoa Ooze Limited, Dean’s of Huntly Ltd, Deeside Brewery Ltd, Eat on the Green, Felicity’s Chocolate, Fresh Food Guru by Andrew Gordon, Gordon & MacPhail, Hamlyns of Scotland, James Rizza & Sons
Ltd, JG Ross Bakers Limited, John Ross Jr (Aberdeen) Ltd, Mackie’s of Scotland, Macphie of Glenbervie Ltd, Ola Oils, Pulsetta Foods Limited, Speyside Craft Brewery Ltd, Speyside Specialities, The Green Grocer and The Little Fudge Shop.
The winners will be announced at a presentation dinner which will also be held next Thursday at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa.
Tickets for the presentation dinner are available and priced at £60 per person and are available on line at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/foodawards