Global freight distribution network Palletforce was once again the driving force behind the annual Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.
Palletforce sponsored the prestigious Scottish Sourcing (Multiple) award at this year’s event, which took place on May 23 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.
Known as the food and drink “Oscars”, the Awards recognise businesses and individuals who are leading the way with innovation, enterprise and quality in Scotland’s thriving food and drink industry.
The Scottish Sourcing (Multiple) award is open to all large-scale retail, wholesale or food service businesses who place Scottish sourcing at the heart of their consumer experience and proudly promote Scottish provenance.
It was the first year that Palletforce has sponsored the award, having sponsored the Brand Success category for the last four years.
This year’s winners were supermarket giant Aldi, who are also celebrating 25 years since they opened their first store in Scotland and 10 years since they created a dedicated Scottish Buying Department.
Palletforce sales and marketing director Dave Holland said: “Scotland’s thriving food and drink industry plays a major part in the country’s economy, and Palletforce is proud to play its part in this ongoing success story.
“The Scottish Sourcing Award has particular resonance with us, since Palletforce has recently joined forces with five leading UK logistics companies to work under the new EV Cargo brand. EV Cargo specialises in providing essential supply chain services for all the major food and drink manufacturers, ensuring seamless “field-to-plate” delivery.”
Organised by Scotland Food & Drink, in partnership with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, the awards recognise excellence across 18 categories.
“The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards allow us to shine a light on the skill, dedication and innovation of Scotland’s very best food and drink producers,” said James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink.
“The Awards provide an invaluable platform to highlight to the nation and beyond the strength of our industry and the wealth of talent across all sectors.”