Food and drink: Products shortlist
Behind every great story lies a great food and drink product. At least that’s the case with our shortlist of businesses who have created great things that are worth shouting about in the i-on Breakthrough Awards 2017. Remember, you've only got until Monday 10 July 2017 to vote for your favourite so do it now. You'll be entered into a prize draw to win a magnum of Brut Reserve Taittinger Champagne, courtesy of Vino Wines, for the privilege...
Aelder by Buck and Birch
These are exciting times for Thomas Chisholm and Rupert Waites, the pair behind Buck and Birch. Their genuine passion for foraging and showcasing the very best of the wilds of Scotland has led to the launch of the award-winning Aelder in November 2016; a unique, contemporary drink that has captured the imagination of the enthusiasts and experts. In a very short time, Aelder can claim Harvey Nichols, The Kitchin, Norn and Three Chimneys amongst stockists, and was named in I magazine's top 20 drinks for Christmas 2016.
An independent, family-run business, Bellfield is the UKs first dedicated gluten-free brewery. The beers first went on sale in March 2016 and since then the Bohemian Pilsner won Gold at the Free From Foods Awards 2017 and has been a finalist in the Scottish Beer Awards in the best Pilsner category. The Lawless Village IPA won Bronze at the Free From Food Awards 2017 and was named in the Top Ten Best Gluten-free Beers in the Independent newspaper at No.2. Bellfield Brewery beers are now stocked in over 250 bars, restaurants and bottle shops across the UK.
If you’re a child of the ‘70s, a visit from the Bon Accord man was probably a highlight of the week. Fast forward a good few years and Karen Knowles, great great granddaughter of the company’s founder, has taken the brand out of retirement and relaunched it for the 21st century creating a range of lightly sparking soft drinks and mixers, sweetened with natural ingredients and geared towards health-conscious adults.
East Coast Cured
Steven and Susie Anderson only set up East Coast Cured in March but their Scottish charcuterie is showcasing the quality of local produce, pork in particular, is already making waves and hoping to put Scotland on the map as a strong competitor in high quality cured meat products. One of their first customers? One of Scotland’s most respected chefs who placed an order for one of his restaurants.
Edinburgh Beer Factory
Inspired by the Scots-born ‘Father of Pop Art’, Eduardo Paolozzi, Edinburgh Beer Factory’s launch product, Paolozzi lager, is only 18 months old but has won a fervent fanbase and a raft of awards for its flavour. But Edinburgh Beer Factory is a destination as well as a production facility. Its tours consistently receive rave Tripadvisor reviews. New palns for the company include hosting its own arts and beer events, and the launch of a new series of beers.
A Yorkshire man at heart (honorary Edinburgher), Johnny Mellor knows the importance of a good cuppa. He launched Shibui Teas two years ago and offers a wide range of top quality yet affordable teas. Shibui now supplies many fab companies across Scotland including top hotels, restaurants and coffee shops. And six of the teas have won Great Taste Awards including the legendary Matcha.
Just doughnuts? Iain Baillie and Annika Baillie opened Tantrum Doughnuts in December 2015. They worked long hours in the shoebox kitchen where they made everything from scratch. But very quickly they realised they were onto something special by the buzz created by their customers. In less than a year they took on a second unit and transformed the original café into a full bakery. They have taken on more staff, tripled production capacity and feel more inspired than ever to keep creating.
They may have a growing empire with two shops in Edinburgh and the Kitchen Table communal daytime dining venue, but it’s all about the products at Twelver Triangles. The company strives to bring the best in baked products to the community and so proud are they to be working with Scottish-sourced ingredients, they’ve even found ways to alter recipes and train staff to be able to work with Scottish flour, to produce locally sourced sourdough bread. You should give it a go.
Up Front Brewing
Up Front Brewing launched in 2016 with two beers, Ishmael, a hop bomb of an American IPA, and Ahab, a deeply rich and complex American Stout, both at 6.0%ABV in cans and kegs. Shunning investors and bank loans, Jake Griffin pawned some artwork by Banksy to fund the first brews, contacted Radiohead's artist Stanley Donwood for artwork, and brewed the best two beers he could. It’s paid off; his beers receive critical acclaim on beer-rating websites and are distributed throughout the UK and exported around the world.