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Moray SNP News



Buckie, Fochabers, Lossiemouth and Forres companies amongst winners

Moray MP Angus Robertson, MSP Richard Lochhead and Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson, have commended the success of Moray businesses in the annual Grampian Food Forum Awards.

Once again Moray companies took a significant haul of awards with a third of the prizes on offer coming to the area.

Angus Robertson MP said:

“Once again Moray’s performance as a region for food and drink excellence is to the fore with a top award for Associated Seafoods Ltd in Buckie and a Skills Development Award for Baxters. Two of our young brewing companies achieved success with Best Young Business going to Forres’ Speyside Craft Brewery and Best Retail Product Award for Lossiemouth’s Windswept Brewing’s ‘Wolf of Glen Moray’. To top it off Arthur Anderson of Speyside Craft Brewery also received a personal award for going ‘above and beyond’!

“Moray’s food and drink sector is in very fine fettle and continues to produce some of the best produce Scotland has to offer. I commend the winners for their efforts and their awards success.”

Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“Food and drink from Moray is renowned across the world. Our region can really lay claim to being the breadbasket of Scotland and this awards success recognises that. It is of note that awards are going to both well established and new businesses in Moray demonstrating the health of the sector.

“Congratulations are due to all of our award winners.”

Welcoming the news that Associated Seafoods have scooped a Grampian Food Forum Innovation Award for its potted crabmeat range, Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“I congratulate the team at Associated Seafoods on this award.  The company has shown great innovation in developing this product line and deserve this success.

“More and more people are coming to realise that there is a terrific range of quality Scottish foods and much of it is produced locally.  The consumer wins with quality and choice and the producers and processors win with increased sales.”

The successful Moray businesses in the Grampian Food and Drink Forum Awards are:

Most Successful Product from the 2014 Awards
Winner - Associated Seafoods Ltd - Crab Range

Best new Retail Product Award for businesses with up to 25 employees,
Runner Up - Windswept Brewing Co Ltd - The Wolf of Glen Moray

Denis Emslie Above and Beyond Award
Winner - Arthur Anderson - Speyside Craft Brewery Ltd

The Award for the Best Young Business
Winner - Speyside Craft Brewery Ltd

The Skills Development Scotland Award for Investing in Skills Development
Winner - Baxters Food Group