Two local producers were named among the cream of Scottish food and drink businesses at a recent awards ceremony .
Peelham Farm Produce and Born in the Borders were selected from 239 entries and a shortlist of 50 businesses to take home titles at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2015.
Peelham’s Chris and Denise Walton, on behalf of Cayley Walton Partners received their accolade at the awards ceremony held at the National Museum on May 27 in front of 800 guests, announced by broadcaster Kaye Adams.
An expert panel of judges found Peelham’s entry of a charcuterie platter of salamis to be overall “a very good range,” with “really good flavour and spice balance,” and commended it for its “high quality ingredients and ethical credentials”.
They were “impressed by the artisan feel to this product offering distinctive flavours and considering it a good addition to a growing product sector’.
After the ceremony Chris and Denise, with their business partner Amanda Cayley, expressed their “utter delight” at receiving the award and said they were “blown away” at having achieved it considering themselves to be outsiders to win at such a prestigious event.
Denise added that it was “really excellent that Scotland Food and Drink are recognising the value of small aspiring artisan food producers like us and ours and others contribution to Scotland’s emerging food culture” and that it “makes us particularly proud to have won this during Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink.”
The finalists represented a broad spectrum of Scotland’s food and drink, from small companies through to industry giants including food service company Entier Ltd and AG Barr Plc. Traditional produce like whisky, fish and dairy was recognised alongside innovative products like charcuterie and chocolate flavoured with foraged meadowsweet.
Born in the Borders, based at Lanton Mill near Jedburgh, also celebrated their win, for “sourcing Scottish”in the week marking their first year in business.
On Facebook they said: “We thought it was an extremely tough category. Never been prouder. A huge congratulations to the whole team and to all of our suppliers who made this possible. It’s the ultimate birthday present!”