John Gilmour Butchers named winners at Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards

John Gilmour Butchers from East Lothian were named winners of the Best Scotch Brand Product of the Year category as food and drink businesses from across the country came together at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2023.

We are absolutely over the moon to have won this award. It's a testament to all the hard work that our team puts in every day, and the quality produced in Scotland. This is the second year in a row we have won. 

Hosted by TV personality and award-winning Maître d’hôtel and General Manager of the Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin at Windows, Fred Sirieix, the awards ceremony at the EICC was attended by over 660 people from across the industry and the wider community.

Iain Baxter, Chief Executive at Scotland Food & Drink, 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 annual awards, which recognise the highest quality produce as well as the leading individuals, suppliers, and companies, received 223 entries across all categories.

The awards come in the wake of the announcement of the Scottish food and drink sector reaching a record high value, contributing £14.8bn to the Scottish economy.

The awards are organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), and headline sponsor Asda.

For the full line-up of finalists, please visit