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From left: Awards host Simon Rimmer, Fiona Larkin and Su Cox of SSC, and award sponsor Ceri Ritchie (Connect Local). Photo: SSC
From left: Awards host Simon Rimmer, Fiona Larkin and Su Cox of SSC, and award sponsor Ceri Ritchie (Connect Local). Photo: SSC

The Scottish Salmon Company’s Native Hebridean Salmon was named Food Service Product of the Year at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2018 yesterday.

Kirsty George: Young Talent award
Kirsty George: Young Talent award

On an evening when salmon featured prominently, SSC was also highly commended in the Export Business of the Year category, won by Tilly Confectionery Ltd.

Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd won the Fish & Seafood category with its Bradan Orach cold-smoked salmon. Loch Fyne’s Bradan Rost kiln-roasted smoked salmon was also short-listed in that category, and the company was also a finalist in the Primary Producer of the Year category.

Kirsty George, general manager of Luss Smokehouse, was named Young Talent winner, and Duns processor Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd won the Environmental Sustainability category.

Another salmon smoker, Salar Smokehouse Ltd, featured in the final four of the Fish & Seafood category for its Flaky Smoked Salmon, which also made the last four in Food Service Product of the Year.

SSC’s Native Hebridean salmon is descended from stock sourced from the freshwater lochs of North Uist and reared exclusively in the Hebrides.

The company’s chief executive, Craig Anderson, said: “To win this prestigious award at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards is great recognition of our commitment to provenance and innovation.

“It is testament to the hard work and investment that SSC has made to Native Hebridean. The judges’ commendation acknowledges that we are at the forefront of our industry - exporting the finest, freshest Scottish salmon around the world.”

The annual awards, hosted by chef and TV personality Simon Rimmer, took place ceremony at Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) with more than 740 guests in attendance.

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