The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has been named as a finalist in three categories at the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2019.

SSC is shortlisted in the Primary Producer of the Year, Business of the Year and Export Business of the Year categories at the annual awards which recognise the highest quality produce and producers in the thriving Scottish food and drink sector.

Salmon is Scotland and the UK’s largest food export and its exports represent 60% of sales to 26 countries around the world.  The shortlisting recognises the Company’s achievement in growing its export business through a commitment to Provenance Guaranteed and the development of its clan of brands including Lochlander Salmon, Tartan Salmon Label Rouge and Native Hebridean Salmon. A truly unique and native strain of Scottish salmon, Native Hebridean Salmon descend from North Uist stock and are reared exclusively in the Hebrides.

Craig Anderson, Chief Executive at The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for not one but three categories at these coveted Awards.  With over 600 staff across 60 sites in some of the most remote and rural areas of the West Coast of Scotland and Hebrides, we are passionate about our Scottish provenance.

"It is our commitment to Scottish provenance and authenticity that sets us apart in the global market. These prestigious annual awards represent the very best that Scotland’s larder has to offer and it’s a credit to our team that we have been shortlisted.”

SSC also sponsors a wide range of community activities including the Western Isles International Islands Games team whose launch event at SSC's Harris & Lewis Smokehouse in Stornoway is pictured above.

Now in its 20th year, the Excellence Awards focus on the standout products driving value and consumer choice in the market in line with the overarching Ambition 2030 strategy to double the value of the industry.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “Every year the Excellence Awards attracts an incredibly diverse range of entrants, all of which are of a very high quality. This year we’ve had a record number of entries and the standard has never been higher.

“While tasting each of the products entered into the awards sounds like a dream, in reality, selecting the very best of the best has been extremely difficult for our expert judging panel.

“Now celebrating its 20th year, the Awards will yet again be the premier night in one of Scotland’s most valuable and successful industries. Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists.”

The event on Thursday 23 May at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh is organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) and headline sponsor Asda.

The Scottish Salmon Company is the leading producer of premium salmon with operations only in Scotland. The company is engaged in all stages of the value chain from smolt production through freshwater and marine farming to harvesting and processing, as well as sales and marketing activity. It is dedicated to producing the highest quality Scottish salmon.

All of the Scottish Salmon Company's Farms and processing facilities are audited and approved by the internationally acclaimed GLOBALGAP accreditation scheme, which includes excellence in fish husbandry and animal welfare. The Scottish Salmon Company is the first salmon producer in Scotland to be awarded a 2 star ‘Best Aquaculture Practice’ (BAP) certification for every one of its marine sites. Internationally recognized, BAP is the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification programme.

The Scottish Salmon Company supports the development of sport in the local communities where its staff work and live. The company’s total staff number over 550 people. The main office is in Edinburgh.

Scotland Food & Drink is an industry leadership trade association set up in 2007, with over 460 members, which drives responsible growth in the industry to secure Scotland’s reputation as the land of food & drink.

The Scotland Food & Drink partnership is a unique collaborative partnership consisting of ten industry bodies, five public sector organisations and one research collaboration working in food & drink in Scotland, making Scotland Food & Drink the only such body in the world to facilitate government and industry to work side by side.