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Mackie's scoops a platinum award for its ice-cream

By David Porter

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Rothienorman's Mackie's have once again proved that their winning formula for ice-cream production is hard to beat after claiming an inaugural platinum award at the first Scottish Retail Food and Drink Awards 2021.

The awards celebrated the vast array of quality food and drink products locally produced in Scotland and entries came from hundreds of food and drink producers who were keen to get listings in Scottish retail outlets.

This year’s winners were dominated by the incredible products widely produced around Scotland, proving that food and drink from the length and breadth of the country has a deserved reputation for quality and taste.

An exceptional 53 Scottish products ranging from small independent producers to large scale producers have been deemed worthy of an award, with six products achieving the sought-after platinum award.

After almost three weeks of intensive judging involving hundreds of products and more than 60 expert judges from across the food and drink sector, the results included a selection of outstanding Scottish products targeting retail listings in Scotland.

Six Scottish products have been recognised with a Platinum award:

Small Producer – Thule Ventus, Salt Cod Pate from Shetland Islands

Small Producer – Lunun Gin, Lunun Gin from Fife

Large Producer – Mackie’s of Scotland, Traditional Dairy Ice Cream from Aberdeenshire

Large Producer – GM Spirits, Edinburgh Rum

Own Label – Aldi, Specially Selected Steak and Ale Pie

Own Label – Aldi, 12 Year Old Speyside Scotch Whisky

The Platinum awards were chosen from the overall category finalists and these products have been deemed by the judges as having ‘absolutely outstanding quality’.

A spokeswoman for Mackie's said: "We are delighted to be winners in the inaugural year of the Scottish Retail Food and Drinks Award 2021 – and extra special for it to be our flagship Traditional ice cream – one of Scotland’s favourites."

Scottish Retail Food and Drink Awards director, Antony Begley, said: “We were delighted to see so many fantastic Scottish food and drink producers take part in the awards which have one very simple goal: to get more of Scotland’s fantastic food and drink products onto more Scottish retail shelves.

“The Scottish Retail Food and Drink Awards were created not only to help producers secure listings but to help retailers unearth fantastic Scottish products to stock in their stores.

“With interest in locally, regionally and nationally sourced products arguably higher than ever among Scottish retailers and consumers, this is a fantastic time to win a Scottish Retail Food and Drink Award. I would like to congratulate all of the winners on their brilliant achievement.”

A full list of this year’s winners can be viewed at www.scottishretailfoodanddrinkawards.com

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