Scotland’s leading food producers celebrated success at last Thursday night’s ‘Oscars’ of the Scottish food industry.

The 2003 Scottish Food and Drink Excellence awards rewarded 12 companies in a presentation ceremony held in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The awards are sponsored by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and Scottish Enterprise Food and Drink, in conjunction with The Grocer, to reward innovation, enterprise and quality.

This year’s supreme award went to Scotbeef, winner of the children’s product category, for its two mini Aberdeen-Angus beef burgers containing hidden vegetables and low salt and low-fat french fries. The product, marketed by Marks and Spencer as a healthy eating children’s product, also contained a low salt tomato ketchup.

A lifetime achievement award went to malt whisky specialists Gordon and McPhail of Elgin.

Further details can be found in this week’s issue of The Grocer.