SALMON companies will be competing for several awards in the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2019, to be held in May.
The Scottish Salmon Company, Scottish Sea Farms and Loch Fyne Oysters have all been shortlisted in the Export Business of the Year category.
And the Scottish Salmon Company has also been named as a finalist in the Business of the Year category.
Campbells & Co Smokehouse, Loch Fyne Oysters and Ritchie’s of Rothesay all made the Fish and Seafood category shortlist. And Salar Smokehouse is a finalist in the Artisanal Product category.
The annual awards received a record 320 entries across all categories, 20 per cent up on last year.
Winners from all 19 categories will be announced in front of 800 guests at the awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday, May 23, at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.
James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: ‘Every year the Excellence Awards attract an incredibly diverse range of entrants, all of which are of a very high quality.
‘This year we’ve had a record number of entries and the standard has never been higher.
‘While tasting each of the products entered into the awards sounds like a dream, in reality, selecting the very best of the best has been extremely difficult for our expert judging panel.
Picture: Scotland Food & Drink chief executive James Withers