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Baker is triple national awards winner

By Kyle Ritchie

A north-east baker has picked up a trio of accolades at the industry's national awards.

J G Ross, which has a presence in communities across the area including Banff and Portsoy, won at the Scottish Baker of the Year competition.

The family baker business won special gold for its buttery, regional gold for its macaroni pie and regional silver for its white bread.

J G Ross staff are presented with their awards at the Scottish Baker of the Year competition.
J G Ross staff are presented with their awards at the Scottish Baker of the Year competition.

Cameron Ross of J G Ross said; “We are delighted and we have our customers to thank as it was their votes that got us here.

"Taking home such a prestigious prize is a huge honour and we cannot wait to share the news with our staff and customers alike.”

Following the votes of more than 8000 bakery customers across Scotland and a rigorous day of blind judging by 50 of the industry’s top professionals, the winners were finally announced on Saturday at a glittering awards dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow.

Head judge Robert Ross said: “This competition is hugely popular, with thousands of everyday bakery shoppers voting for their favourite products.

“We received more than 30,000 individual product votes for goods baked by the best bakers in Scotland.

"J G Ross can be very proud to take home a prize in such a competitive field of brilliant products.”

The Scottish Baker of the Year competition, now in its eighth year, recognises Scotland’s best pies, scones, loaves, savoury items, morning rolls, cakes and biscuits.

Business awards are also given to the best café, craft, retail and wholesale bakeries with one lucky baker being crowned Scottish Baker of the Year.

Alasdair Smith of Scottish Bakers, which organises the competition said: “We are delighted to once again be giving Scottish bakers the chance to shine and showcase their fantastic products and it has given us great delight to present awards to each and every worthy winner.”

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