Castle McLellan Foods scooped the Supreme Award in this year's Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards. The Kirkcudbright-based supplier was named overall winner at the annual awards ceremony in Glasgow after impressing the judges with its premium range of pâtés for Waitrose. It beat off stiff competition from a dozen other category winners to claim the top honour as the awards celebrated their eighth year. Organised by the Royal Highland & Agriculture Society of Scotland and sponsored by The Grocer and Scottish Enterprise, this year's revamped awards attracted 140 entries, more than twice the number enjoyed by its predecessor the Food from Scotland Excellence Awards. The judges decided there should be no award in the two foodservice categories, Chilled/Frozen and Ambient. The Grocer's marketing editor Simon Mowbray, who sat on the panel of judges, said: "The overall standard of entries was very high." The winners were: Soup, Preserve, Pickle & Sauce ­ Simply Organic's Tomato & Red Pepper Fresh Organic Pasta Sauce; Fish & Seafood ­ Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group for cooked, ready-to-eat mussel products; Meat - Red, White & Game ­ Castle McLellan Foods' pâtés for Waitrose; Fruit or Vegetable Category ­ the Really Garlicky Company for hardneck porcelain garlic; Dairy, Confectionery & Snacking and Health Enhancing Product ­ both won by Mackie's of Scotland for its low fat Vibrant strawberry and raspberry dessert with orchid flower essence; Bakery & Cereal Based Product ­ United Central Bakeries' Hotplate Range developed for Safeway; Drink - Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic ­ Bruichladdich Distillery for its Bruichladdich - Islay Unique Hand Crafted Single Malt; Best Children's Product ­ Millions by the Golden Casket Group; Export Product ­ Klinge Foods' LoSalt; Supreme Award ­ Castle McLellan Foods; Lifetime Achievement Award ­ Colin Warden OBE, founder of Castle McLellan Foods. {{NEWS }}