BrewDog co-founder shortlisted for award

BrewDog co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie.
BrewDog co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie.

A co-founder of former Fraserburgh company BrewDog has been shortlisted for a prestigious regional award.

James Watt is in the running for the Grampian Food and Drink Entrepreneur 2015 in this year’s Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards.

Over 80 nominations from 33 businesses were received by the Grampian Food Forum following a regional campaign to encourage food and drink producers to enter.

The shortlisting of entries for the awards took place on Tuesday, February 17 at Porterhouse, Thainstone Centre, Inverurie.

The judging team, comprised of Stephen Brown, Local Sourcing and Diversification Manager with Scotmid Co-operative Foods, and Graham Singer, Food Operations Manager with ESS Support Services Worldwide, was very impressed with the standard of entries.

Stephen said: “I would like to thank all the entrants for submitting their applications, it’s been a fantastic day sampling many interesting products, demonstrating how vibrant the food and drink sector is in Grampian.

“I’m really looking forward to the finals where we have the opportunity to meet the people behind the product.”

Those reaching the final include Amity Fish Co Limited, Associated Seafoods Ltd, Baxters Food Group, Chalmers Bakery Ltd, Cocoa Ooze, Dean’s, Nor-Sea Foods Ltd, The Store Company and JG Ross (Bakers) Ltd.

The winners will be announced by Colin MacLean, Chief Operating Officer of Scotmid Co-operative Foods, at the Innovation Awards Dinner which is taking place at Ardoe House Hotel and Spa on Thursday, March 19.