14 Nov Scottish Fruit Company scoops National Food Awards
The Scottish Fruit Company who are based in Portobello, Edinburgh are delighted to announce that they have won the Quality Food Award 2017 for the best Cold Beverages (Carbonates, Waters & Cordials). Taking on the big guns of Asda in this competitive sector – their Gooseberry & Mint Scottish Fruit Cordial pipped them to the post!
The Scottish Fruit Company was launched in 2014 by Danya Caceres, a fruit evangelist – who began foraging for fruits for her cordials in the fields, ancient orchards, gardens and wild places of Scotland. This quickly turned into more than a cottage industry with her ever expanding product lines which are all based around seasonal fruits. From medieval varieties of pears, to the prickliest brambles and rosehips, nothing is to spikey for this intrepid entrepreneur.
Danya Caceres, CEO of the Scottish Fruit Company said ‘This is so exciting, It feels like there is a rocket behind us this year as we have grown our flavour and product range. Our company is really going places and winning this national award in front of the retail giants of the food and drinks industry is the highlight of our year. We are going through a growth spurt, and winning this award now gives us the confidence to continue on our planned course of direction. We are investing throughout the business and this is a real shot in the arm for everyone involved.’
Launched in 1979, the Quality Food Awards are the most prestigious awards for food and drink products on sale in UK grocery outlets, and this is due in large part to the transparency and robustness of the judging process.
Expert judging panels are comprised of chefs, chef-lecturers, home economists, food writers, and consultants, restaurateurs, food technologists and representatives from regional food groups, all of whom bring their extensive knowledge to bear in the process. The Quality Food Awards are unique in that they reward great tasting products, with the finest of flavours, textures and aromas. They reward nutritious products, with the finest ingredients lists, while also recognising innovation, great packaging and presentation.
The Awards not only reward achievements in new product development, but also point the way for future success through continual innovation and creativity. Each year the awards demonstrate the capacity of retailers and manufacturers to create marvellous new products.