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24 October 2012

Banffshire MSPs Congratulate Moray Winners of Food and Drink Awards

Moray’s MSP and Scottish Government Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has commented after the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards, which saw four awards come to Moray.

In his role as Rural Affairs Secretary the SNP’s Mr Lochhead made the welcome speech at the event and presented the ‘Excellence Award’, which this year went to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson highlighted the success of Buckie firm Lossie Seafoods in winning two of the awards covering export development and ‘ambassador of the year’.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said:

“I’m delighted for Lossie Seafoods who are an important part of the Banffshire economy and a go-ahead local company.

“The Food and Drink sector is vitally important to Scotland’s economy and we can be justly proud here in Banffshire of the huge contribution that our local companies and their workforces make to that success.”

Speaking after the event Mr Lochhead said:

“Now in its eighth year, I am delighted that the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards are getting bigger and better each year. These Awards highlight the fantastic range of top quality and delicious food and drink the region has to offer. All of the winners and nominees can be very proud of their achievements.

“I am especially pleased to congratulate 3 of the award winners who are based in Moray - those winners are Macbeth’s Butchers for Best Marketing Initiative, Lossie Seafoods Ltd for Development of Export Markets, Charlie Devin of Lossie Seafoods who received the Ambassador of the Year Award and the coveted Excellence Award went to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

“These companies, individuals and organisations are an absolute credit to our vital Food and Drink sector and are a great advertisement for Moray both home and abroad.

“Scottish food and drink companies continue to perform well and Moray businesses are an important part of that success. Internationally, our food and drink offering is in high demand and I’m confident the industry’s challenging new target for exports of £7.1 billion by 2017 will be met.”
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