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Young Talent
The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards recognise those businesses and individuals in Scotland who are leading the way with innovation, enterprise and quality. Entries are encouraged from small, medium and large food and drink companies, businesses or events. Support for the awards comes from a range of organisations and reflects the breadth of the industry. The awards are run by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland. The title sponsor is Asda.

The Young Talent award will be presented to entrants between the ages of 16 and 24 (aged less than 25 years of age on 18th May 2017) who demonstrate the greatest skill in their chosen sector of the food and drink industry and can represent the industry positively. Entrants can be involved in manufacturing, retailing or any sector directly linked to the food and drink industry.

Qualifying Individuals
This award is open to all young people between the ages of 16 and 24 living and working in Scotland. They can be working in any area directly related to the food and drink industry.

Three finalists will be selected from the category entries, judged on their demonstration of a passion for the Scottish food and drink industry, their skill in their chosen field and their ability to encourage other young people into the industry. Finalists may be invited to interview.

Judging Panels
The judging panel is made up of experienced figures from relevant sectors of the food and drink industry. Judges are independent of both Scotland Food & Drink and RHASS. The decisions of the judging panel will be final.

Judging Criteria
Judges are looking for informative and well planned answers. Entrants are solely responsible for the accuracy of the information they supply. Neither organisers nor judges will have capacity to carry out additional research; therefore, entrants should ensure that all questions asked are answered.

All entries for each category will be narrowed down to a shortlist of three. This shortlist will be published at the end of April and all entrants notified as to their shortlisting or otherwise. A senior representative of each shortlisted company is expected to attend the awards ceremony and dinner at the EICC in Edinburgh on Thursday 18th May 2017. The attendance of finalists is a condition of entry. Two tickets are made available to shortlisted companies at the time finalists are notified, these are offered at the discounted finalists rate of £95+VAT per ticket.

No publication of category winners is made prior to the ceremony. For publicity purposes it is assumed that winners agree to product and company details being forwarded to our PR team. Winners will receive a Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Award and use of the awards branding.

All entrants will receive written feedback reports which include the comments and opinions of the judges. Entrants whose products are not shortlisted will receive their feedback first, while entrants whose products are shortlisted will receive feedback after the awards ceremony.

Further information on the awards here www.foodanddrink.scot/events/excellence-awards

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