Ambassador of the Year Award

An exciting new Caledonian Sleeper service now operates between London and Scotland. The new Sleeper service sees guests arrive at the heart of their destination refreshed and ready to go. Serco has been chosen by the Scottish Government as the new operator, with a vision for the Sleeper to be a modern, revitalised overnight travel and hospitality experience between world famous destinations in Scotland and London.

This is an iconic Scottish railway journey available for all – from back-packers to business travellers.  At the heart of the new service is outstanding hospitality that is emblematic of the best of Scotland, benefiting Scottish businesses from Shetland to Stranraer and from Stornoway to Stonehaven showcasing the best of Scottish produce.  From 2018, the Caledonian Sleeper will take a leap forward thanks to an investment of over £100million in 75 new state-of-the-art carriages.



Best Drink Award

JBT is a well-established provider of road haulage services, and is recognised widely as a Scottish operator that provides unrivalled customer service at competitive prices.  Today, JBT has 200 employees, 85 vehicles and 130 trailers and has depots in Inverness, Aberdeen, Bathgate, East Kilbride, Orkney and Shetland. JBT provides Nationwide distribution on a daily basis from full loads to single pallet deliveries and has recently opened daily connections throughout Europe.

ParcelinQ provides the best in next day home and business to business parcel delivery throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.  The strength of the business is its geographical focus on deliveries within a remote area that create complexities that many national carriers are unable to appreciate and respond to.  The priority for the business is to bring to the local community, a delivery service that they can trust, owned and operated by people from the very region in which they serve.



Best Marketing Initiative

At Bidvest Foodservice we share your passion for great food – we focus on delivering service excellence and providing all the right ingredients to help you grow.

Our vision: To be the best foodservice provider.

Our mission: To deliver service excellence, make life easier and help customers to grow.



Environment Award

Established in 1986, Boxshop is Scotland’s largest independent, owner-managed Corrugated Cardboard Box Manufacturer, employing over 100 of the best packaging professionals in the industry.  Manufacturing in East Kilbride we make over 40 million boxes a year, from tens to tens of thousands, to customer size with high quality multi-colour printing. 

Expert in Shelf Ready Packaging we’re engaged with the Heads of Packaging at the major Multiple Retailers to ensure we offer the fastest and cheapest route to market for our customers. Local stock holding and deliveries from East Kilbride and our hub servicing the North of Scotland. Certified to: ISO9001, BRC/IoP, ISO14001, FSC, ISO22000, OHSAS18001



Excellence Award

Gordon & MacPhail, the malt whisky specialist and specialist drinks wholesaler, is a family-owned and managed business, established in Elgin in 1895, and one of the UK’s leading independent specialist wholesalers stocking over 4,500 product lines, including an extensive wine list, an impressive portfolio of spirits and a wide range of craft beers and ciders.

Gordon & MacPhail is also the UK’s top wholesaler for malt whisky, stocking every distillery bottling of single malt available in the UK market. Included in this portfolio is the award-winning range of single malts from its very own Benromach Distillery.




Export Award

XPO Logistics is a top ten global provider of transportation and logistics solutions.

We provide high-value-added services for truck brokerage and transportation, last mile logistics, intermodal, contract logistics, ground and air expedite, drayage, global forwarding and managed transportation.

XPO serves more than 30,000 customers with a highly integrated network of 887 locations in 27 countries. The bedrock of our company is our people: more than 54,000 employees operating as one cohesive organization with a single-minded focus on customer service. Many of the customers we serve are in the manufacturing, retail, industrial, technology, aerospace, commercial, life sciences and government sectors.

You'll find that we're passionate about helping our customers operate their supply chains more effectively. Equally important are our qualitative resources: our zero-failure mentality, our deep experience in every service we offer, and our ability to provide integrated, end-to-end supply chain solutions to large accounts.


Food & Drink Business Growth Award

Johnston Carmichael is the largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers in Scotland.  With eleven offices across Scotland including one in Inverness, it is the only firm to offer such comprehensive geographic coverage.

Through working with some of the biggest and fastest growing names in the Scottish food and drink market, Johnston Carmichael have developed an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the many issues facing this sector and can assist with all accounting, tax and business advisory matters.


New Business Award

Bank of Scotland is pleased to be one of the main sponsors of the 2014 Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards.   We are proud to play an active  role in such an important industry for the region, supporting customers with a full suite of domestic and international services.  The many businesses we work with in the food and drink sector provide us with valuable insight into the industry. In addition, the range and depth of expertise across our Scottish teams is underpinned by many years of individual experience. Working alongside our local product specialists, Bank of Scotland provides banking solutions tailored to the specific needs of the industry, including: Trade finance, Treasury and risk management services, Bonds, guarantees and collections, Structured finance solutions, Cash management, Asset finance.


New Product Award

Scotland Food & Drink is the leadership organisation working to grow the industry a turnover of £16.5bn by 2017 and build Scotland’s reputation as a Land of Food and Drink. As the number one export sector and one of Scotland’s best performing industries, food and drink is enjoying fantastic success driven by extraordinary skill, talent and entrepreneurial flair as well as a world-class natural larder of quality produce.

We are proud that Scotland Food & Drink is an organisation at the heart of this success. The industry has a single strategy, a single action plan and a collaborative model, working hand in hand with the public sector.  Critically though, the organisation is a membership body, here to support the growth of companies small, medium and large. We are the industry’s voice and have committed ourselves to work tirelessly to create the operating environment for our food and drink producers and member businesses to prosper. Please join us so that together we can be proud of a sector that is growing in value and growing in reputation. 



Restaurant of the Year 

Based in Inverness, MacGregor Industrial Supplies provides a quality, cost-effective and value added service to the trade. We are a vital resource for North construction, manufacturing and commerce. From fish farms to forestry, from welding to medical application, MacGregors helps to keep the Highland wheels of industry turning.

Founded as MacGregor Supplies, MacGregor Industrial Supplies consists of 15 distinct divisions all working together, located in close proximity to one other, providing a depth of knowledge and expertise which is unrivalled in the North of Scotland.  The divisions are:
Aquaculture, Auto Paints And Refinishing, Auto Valeting, Construction, Forest And Groundcare, Hire Equipment, Hygiene And Catering, Industrial And Hydraulic Hose, Ironmongery And Fixings, Oils, Lubricants And Spill Control, Saw And Tool Sharpening, Service, Calibration And Repair, Showroom And Trade Counters, Welding Equipment And Consumables, Workwear And Footwear.



Young Shining Star 

Established in 1946, Brook Street has grown to become one of the UK’s leading recruitment agencies, with an award winning heritage. We maintain the same traditional company values today as our founder did 67 years ago. For us, recruitment isn’t about just anybody – it’s always about finding the right role, for the right person in the right company.

Today, we employ over 600 people in high street locations across the United Kingdom.  Our clients include local Small to Medium Enterprises, leading Blue Chip companies and major Public Services. We provide a local service, complimented with the infrastructure and capabilities of a national recruitment agency that enables us to offer bespoke, tailored staffing solutions. Working in true partnership with our clients, we help them to fulfil their staffing needs and achieve their company goals. Our clients value the exceptional quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness of our service, as well as our expert advice and innovative approach.


Arrival Drinks Sponsor

The Kingsmills Hotel is a four-star luxury hotel in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Offering extremely luxurious rooms, impeccable dining and old-fashioned Scottish hospitality to all our guests, The Kingsmills is Inverness’ leading hotel.


2016 Key Dates
Entries Open4 Mar '16
Entries Close6 May '16
Judging14 Jun '16
Shortlist Announced29 Jun '16
Awards Dinner21 Oct '16
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