Angus Firms Come Up Trumps in Food and Drink Awards

Two businesses in Angus were among the winners at this year’s Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards.

Chocolatia and Angus Soft Fruits both picked up awards.

At the awards ceremony at Edinburgh International Conference Centre there were almost 700 people in attendance.

The annual industry awards received 223 entries across its 21 categories and Forfar-based Chocolatia was the winner of the Confectionary Product of the Year award.

The firm, owned by Chloe Oswald, took to social media after its success.

A post on its Facebook page read: “Wow, oh wow, I can’t believe I’m saying this.  We’ve just won confectionery product of the year in the Scotland food and drink awards.

“What a year this has been for my little chocolate business so far.”

The company has continued with its success after it was announced as the winner of the seven great taste awards last month.

Meanwhile, Angus Soft Fruits was crowned Primary Producer of the Year at the ceremony and marked it with a post online.

On Facebook, a spokesperson wrote: “We are honoured to have accepted the award.  We have been recognised for our innovation, collaboration and sustainability within produce.”

The firm said it is proud to be “delighting our customers and industry each and every day”.

Chief executive at Scotland Food and Drink Iain Baxter congratulated the winners.

He said: “The excellence awards highlights the commitment and passion of the industry to preserve and adapt through some of the most difficult times.

“The calibre of entries this year demonstrates the resilience and the entrepreneurial spirit of our industry is driving innovation and truly excellent products.  Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and finalists.”

The awards come after the announcement of the food and drink sector generating £14.8 billion for the Scottish economy.

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