The Scottish Salmon Company’s Native Hebridean Smoked Salmon has been shortlisted in the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2022. The star product, which has already won national and international awards, is a contender in the Artisan Product and the Fish & Seafood Product categories.

The Scottish Salmon Company’s operations were recently rebranded as Bakkafrost Scotland.

Sutherlands of Portsoy has also been shortlisted in the Fish & Seafood category, for its Cold Smoked Steelhead Trout.

Another marine contender, in the Snacks category, is SHORE, the Scottish seaweed company, for its SHORE Seaweed Chips.

Meanwhile, Scottish Sea Farms and The Scottish Salmon Company/Bakkafrost Scotland have been shortlisted for the Employer of the Year award. Other contenders in that category include Aquascot, the employee-owned seafood processor based in the Highlands.

Bakkafrost Scotland Brand Manager Megan Laughlin has been shortlisted in the Young Talent category.

The 21st Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards will take place during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight and be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 8 September supported by headline sponsor Asda.

In total, 248 entries were submitted across 14 product categories, and overall, 48 individual items from 36 suppliers have been named as finalists. Buyers from some of the UK’s biggest retailers including Asda, Co-op, Tesco and Sodexo, alongside some of the food and drink industry’s most influential figures, were part of a judging panel that tasted and scored each product.

John Davidson, Deputy Chief Executive and Strategy Director at Scotland Food & Drink, said: “The Excellence Awards play an important role in recognising the innovation and creativity of everyone that is building the reputation of Scotland’s larder. It was fantastic to see such a range of producers and individuals in this year’s entries and a massive congratulations to all those that have been named in the shortlist. We can’t wait to bring everyone together after a challenging couple of years and celebrate in September.”

Scottish Sea Farms processing team

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