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Retail - Healthy Choice

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 producers. 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 Healthy Choice award will be presented to the business that has demonstrated a strong commitment to developing, incorporating and promoting good nutrition and healthy eating qualities into its product.

Qualifying Businesses

The awards are open to Scottish food and drink companies whose products or offerings are wholly or mainly produced, processed and packaged in Scotland.

Products may be new to market or well established but must have been in market since January 2018 or before. ANY PRODUCT OR BUSINESS THAT WON A SPECIFIC CATEGORY IN 2017 IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THAT SAME CATEGORY AGAIN IN 2018.

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 are answered.

All retail and foodservice category entrants will be asked to submit a specified quantity of product for tasting by judges on the 25th and 26th April 2018. This includes one product for preparation and tasting and one for examination in its original (packaged) state. Detailed instructions advising mailing arrangements will follow nearer the time. A suitably qualified person appointed by the awards organisers will prepare the products. This judging will be conducted in a private session with only the judges and organisers present.

Please note that one entry should be made for each product. Only the product detailed on the application form will be judged at the awards tasting, care must therefore be taken to submit only that product which has been entered. There is no limit on the number of applications companies can make, only that one product is entered per entry.

Entries will be allocated points for their applications, weighted as follows:

Tasting session – 80% (including taste and product examination)

Application form – 20%

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 7th June 2018. 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/sfd-excellence-awards.aspx

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