The finalists have been announced for a prestigious North-east food and drink awards programme.
A total of 27 businesses are celebrating after reaching the finals of the North East Scotland Food and Drink Awards 2017.
The awards welcomed entries from 39 food and drink companies across the region, and recognised, in particular, those that showcased exceptional innovation and excellence within the sector.
Open to all food and drink producers based in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, the awards are delivered in partnership by Opportunity North East (ONE) and Aberdeenshire Council.
Businesses were recognised in 11 categories including Best Young Business, Innovation Award, North East Scotland Food and Drink Entrepreneur and Best New Retail Product.
The businesses reaching the finals included: Amity Fish Co Limited, Angus & Oink, Associated Seafoods Ltd, Barra Bronzes, Big Beefys Biltong, Castleton Farm Shop, Cocoa Ooze Chocolates, Dean’s, Esker Spirits, Fierce Beer, Glen Garioch, Gordon Castle Walled Garden, James Rizza & Sons Ltd, John Ross Jr, Joseph Robertson (Aberdeen) Ltd, Mackie’s of Scotland, Mackintosh of Glendaveny, Macleans Highland Bakery, Porter’s Gin, Speyside Craft Brewery Ltd, Speyside Specialities, Summerhouse Drinks Ltd, The Bay Fish and Chips, The Good Granola Company, The Store, Tribe Foods/ RaRa and Westfield Farms.
A total of 76 entries across all categories were made for the 2017 awards, with 64 new products being submitted.
Angus Bell, category manager for Scotland for Morrisons, said: “I was really impressed at the fantastic range of innovative new products being developed in the North-east. Having the opportunity to meet the producers was great for the judging panel and we were all impressed by the passion and drive displayed by so many of the companies.”
Joining Angus on the judging panel are Cate Devine, food writer and columnist, and Kev Shand, north sales manager for Braehead Foods.
The winners will be announced on Thursday, March 30, at the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa.
Tickets are £72 including vat and can be booked online at nesfoodanddrinkawards.co.uk