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2009 Williamson Foodservice Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards Shortlist

Over 35 businesses and individuals from throughout the Highlands and Islands have found the recipe for success as they are recognised today (8 September) in the 2009 Williamson Foodservice Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards shortlist.

Judged by a panel of industry experts from across the sector, the winning entries will be revealed at an Awards Dinner, featuring produce from throughout the Highlands and Islands, to be held at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness, on Friday 23 October 2009. The Awards, sponsored by Williamson Foodservice, organised by the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Forum, and supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scotland Food & Drink, celebrate excellence and achievement in the area’s food and drink industry.

Entries have been shortlisted for ten award categories recognising high standards and exceptional quality. New for 2009 is the Young Ambassador of the Year Award, acknowledging the important role of young people in the industry. Other categories reward successful new products and businesses, innovation, promotion of healthy living, good environmental practice, commitment to local produce, and individual achievement.

Gary Williamson, managing director of Williamson Foodservice and title sponsor of the event, said: “Yet again, the judges were impressed by the quality of the people, businesses and products entered for the Awards. As the chair of a panel selected from all aspects of the industry, I know that the extremely high standard of entries gave rise to some difficult decisions during the judging process.  And as distributor of an extensive range of local products from the Highlands and Islands throughout the area, I am delighted to see Williamson Foodservice play a part in recognising and celebrating the exceptional quality of our products and people!

Hazel Gordon, chairman of the Highland & Islands Food & Drink Forum, said: “It is great to see another year of excellent entries from across the area, underlining the quality that exists within the Highlands and Islands food and drink sector. In this competitive field, congratulations are due to all the entries on the shortlist. We are very grateful for the generous support of all our sponsors and their recognition of the importance of encouraging quality produce and high standards.

For further information on the Awards phone 0845 838 2748 or visit .

Best Use of Local Food and Drink Award, sponsored by John M Munro
Argyll Food Producers “Food from Argyll” (Argyll)
Macbeth’s Butchers (Moray)
North Highland Products Ltd (Caithness)
The Skye Food Company (Skye & Lochalsh)
The Storehouse (Ross-shire)
Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd (Ross-shire)
Distance No Object Award, sponsored by Scottish Development International
Gordon & MacPhail Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Moray)
Lossie Seafoods Ltd   (Moray)
North Highland Products Ltd (Caithness)
Summer Isles Foods (Ross-shire)

Environment Award, sponsored by TIO Limited
Lovat Arms (Inverness-shire)
North Highland Products Ltd (Caithness)
Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd (Ross-shire)

Healthier Food and Drink Award, sponsored by Robert Wiseman Dairies
The Drumossie Hotel (Inverness-shire)
The Storehouse (Ross-shire)

Innovation Award, sponsored by Scotland Food & Drink
Aquascot Ltd (Ross-shire)
Ferintosh Community Market (Ross-shire)
Great Glen Game Ltd   (Inverness-shire)
Lossie Seafoods Ltd   (Moray)

New Business Award, sponsored by J&D Cowper and JBT Distribution
A-Bun-Dance the Bakers Ltd (Ross-shire)
Marie Faulke Cookery     (Ross-shire)
The Dores Inn (Inverness-shire)
The Skye Food Company (Skye & Lochalsh)

New Product Award, sponsor tbc
Berry Good - Strawberry & Black Pepper Vodka (Caithness)
Cairngorm Smokehouse, Delfour Hatchery - Pate of Roast Smoked Organic Trout with Organic Crowdie (Inverness-shire)
Great Glen Game Ltd - Wild Venison Products (Inverness-shire)
Highland Park - Highland Park Orkney Broonie (Orkney)
Reids Bakery (Thurso) Ltd - Biscuit and Cake Range (Caithness)
Summer Isles Foods - Peat Smoked Salmon (Ross-shire)

Partnerships for Success Award, sponsored by C2 Cultivating Collaboration Project
Cobbs Cakes (Inverness-shire)
Lossie Seafoods Ltd (Moray)
Macbeth’s Butchers (Moray)
North Highland Products Ltd (Caithness)

Young Ambassador of the Year Award, sponsored by Polaris Learning Ltd
Caroline Gregory, Lovat Arms (Inverness-shire)
Chris McQueen, Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd     (Ross-shire)
Jill Brown, Berry Good (Caithness)
Zuzana Krop, Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd   (Ross-shire)

Taste of the Highlands & Islands Restaurant of the Year Award, sponsored by the Press and Journal
The Islay Restaurant, Toravaig House Hotel, Skye (Skye & Lochalsh)
Kinloch Lodge Hotel, Skye (Skye & Lochalsh)
The Dores Inn, Dores by Loch Ness (Inverness-shire)
Andersons Restaurant, Boat of Garten (Inverness-shire)
The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Benderloch, Oban (Argyll)
The Dining Room, Ulbster Arms Hotel, Halkirk (Caithness)
Water’s Edge at The Tobermory Hotel, Tobermory (Argyll)
Sulair Restaurant, Port of Ness,  Lewis (Western Isles)