Entries now being accepted for the Grampian food awards

The Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards will open soon and entries have started to be accepted for the event, according to officials. This is the 23th year that this event will take place, and it seems like even more attendees will be there than in previous years. These awards are there to recognise product innovation by companies in the Aberdeenshire, Moray and Aberdeen City areas.

Several awards will be available and companies will have to compete in order to prove themselves to the judges while they show their products. Some of the awards will be given out for food or drink entrepreneur of the year, most successful product of the year, and best packaging. There is also an exceptional award which will be the entry that catches the attention of the judges above all others.

Some newer categories include best new retail and best new food service. The awards are split for small companies with 25 employees or less, and larger corporations. The point of the ceremony is to encourage businesses to keep innovating and raising the skills of their workforce, in order to make the region more competitive in the market. The skills part of the competition is sponsored by Skills Development Scotland.

A health award is also being given out, sponsored by the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, which celebrates its 100 years in operation this year. While the institute serves all of the UK, according to the organisation’s food specialist, they have never forgotten their roots in the north east part of the country.