LOCH FYNE SMOKED SALMON NAMED SCOTTISH ‘PRODUCT OF THE YEAR’
Smoked salmon from Loch Fyne Oysters has been named the ‘Product of the Year’ at the most important awards for the Scottish food and drink industry.
Judges at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards included restaurant critic, writer and broadcaster Jay Rayner. Loch Fyne’s Kinglas Fillet scooped the top prize with its classic smoked salmon fillet, cured with brown sugar and sea salt, then gently smoked over oak shavings from retired whisky casks. The award marks a hat-trick for the company, which has had a winning product in the Food and Drink Excellence Awards every year for the last three years.
The annual awards recognise the highest quality produce as well as the leading individuals, suppliers and companies in the Scottish food industry and received a record 320 entries this year. The awards come in the wake of the announcement that the Scottish food and drink sector has reached a record high value, contributing £14.8 billion to the Scottish economy. Scottish Salmon is both the UK and Scotland’s biggest food export.
Attending the awards, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Our food and drink industry is one of Scotland’s success stories, with recent figures showing this growth sector achieved record turnover, so it was fantastic to celebrate the people and businesses who are behind these achievements at the Excellence Awards.”
Managing Director of Loch Fyne Oysters, Cameron Brown, said: “Our produce has been recognised as the best in Scotland for three years in a row, and we are over the moon to have sealed that hat-trick by winning Product of the Year. Each Kinglas Fillet is hand cured with care and skill by our team at Cairndow in Argyll and we are delighted that the judges tasted the premium quality of our produce.
Our Kinglas Fillet is just one of many products which we export to the best restaurants around the world, but which are also available by mail order and via our UK partners including Dobbies stores. So when you buy our Scottish smoked salmon, you can be assured you’re eating one of the finest seafood products in the world.”
James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “Winning an Excellence Award is more than simply having a well-written award entry - it’s testament to the commitment and dedication of our producers to creating truly exceptional products and business practices.
The passion of the farmers, fishermen and food and drink producers within the industry is inspiring. The pursuit of perfection, combined with a genuine appetite for innovating, means we have some of the best businesses and products in the world and these awards give us the opportunity to celebrate that.”
Loch Fyne’s Kinglas Fillet also won the Fish and Seafood category. Prices start at £21.50 for 250g and it is available for home delivery