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Grampian Food Forum Innovation Food Awards 2012

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The finalists have been announced for the 22nd annual Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards.

Companies who are in the final competition include Andrew Gordon Butchery & Fine Foods, Baxters Food Group, Berry Scrumptious, BrewDog, Caledonian Bison Ltd, Cambus O’May Cheese Company, Castleton Farm Shop, Crannach Bakery, Dean’s of Huntly Ltd, Deeside Brewery Ltd, Deeside Water Company, Downies of Whitehills, Duncan’s of Deeside, Farmlay Eggs, Finzean Estate Farm Shop & Tea Room, Food for Thought/Veg in a Box, International Fish Canners (Scotland) Ltd, J.G. Ross (Bakers) Ltd, James Rizza and Sons Ltd, Joseph Robertson Aberdeen Ltd, Mackie’s of Scotland, Mackintosh of Glendaveny, Macphie of Glenbervie, Mitchells, Nor-Sea Foods Ltd, Ola Oils, The Smokehouse Aberdeenshire Ltd and Tilquhillie Fine Foods.

Final judging will take place on Thursday 15th March. The panel of judges will be chaired this year by Mr Peter Marks, Group Chief Executive of The Co-operative Group.

Peter-Marks He said “I am delighted to be involved in the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards 2012. Scotland has some fantastic food producers - large and small - many of whom already have worldwide reputations for quality and value, two factors of great importance to Co-operative customers and I am really looking forward to reviewing the entries in this year’s Awards.

“Innovation is the lifeblood of all industries but in the food industry customers are always on the lookout for something new for themselves or their families. As the UK’s favourite community food retailer, we know that customers are also very keen to support British and local producers. Local producers who can both innovate and deliver great value are on to a winning combination and are assured of a very bright future. That’s why I am sure that we will find some real stars of the future amongst the 2012 entries.”

innovation_awardsAlso on the panel is Craig Stevenson, owner and managing director of Braehead Foods Ltd. Utilising his broad knowledge of the food industry coupled with limitless enthusiasm, Craig Stevenson has built Braehead Foods Ltd to be one of the country's leading suppliers of game, cheese and a full range of produce to hotels, restaurants and wholesalers throughout Europe.

Craig, who took part in the pre-judging of the retail and foodservice categories, said, “I’ve enjoyed getting an insight into lots of different businesses and seeing similarities to my own business. I look forward to meeting the companies who have made it to the final.”

innovation_awardsJoining them is freelance journalist Karen Peattie. Karen Peattie is a highly respected journalist with 30 years’ experience spanning weekly and national newspapers, trade publications, consumer magazines and online media. She was editor of Scottish Grocer magazine for 14 years – establishing the successful Scottish Grocer Awards – and is widely recognised as an expert on the Scottish convenience retailing sector.

Karen has judged the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards on two previous occasions and was a judge in the 2011 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

Tickets for the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards Presentation Dinner, which takes place at the Thainstone EXchange, near Inverurie on Thursday 15th March 2012, can be booked by completing the online form, payment is required at time of booking. Ticket cost is £55 per person (includes VAT).Please book places by Sunday 11th March.

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