Awards feature environmental accolade

A new category is being added to the 2007 Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards for companies who can demonstrate all round achievement in reducing environmental impact in the manufacture and distribution of their products.

The aim of the new award is to encourage the £8bn Scottish food and drink industry to recognise the importance of environmental management in delivering quality products. The award reflects the thinking behind the Scottish Executive's new Sustainable Development Strategy.

The Environmental Award is one of 16 category awards which will be judged by a panel of industry experts with all entries provided with feedback from the judges.

Categories include retail products, food service, international business, brand development, direct marketing and healthy eating.

The Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards, now in their sixth year, are organised jointly and co-sponsored by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and Scottish Food & Drink in association with Scottish Enterprise.

Maggie McGinlay, director of Food and Drink at Scottish Enterprise, said: "The awards are now established as one of Scotland's most important and influential accolades and a valuable indicator of a company's standing within the industry, not just in Scotland but also within the UK.

"I would encourage any food or drink company who are doing something special to put themselves forward and have the opportunity to have their success acknowledged and rewarded."

Closing date for entries is 21 February and judging of short listed products takes place in April with a presentation ceremony and dinner at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow on 10 May.