Fraserburgh gives Grampian food for thought

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Two Fraserburgh area food and drink companies have qualified as finalists for this year’s Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards.

John Smith & Sons of New Pitsligo and Summerhouse Drinks of Rosehearty have both been nominated for two awards each.

Summerhouse Drinks nominations are for their Sparkling Raspberry drink and their Tonic Water which is also Scotland’s first tonic water.

John Smith & Sons have been nominated in two categories for the same product, their Turlundiehill Thick Oatcakes.

Claire Rennie, of Summerouse Drinks, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to get shortlisted, it’s a real achievement to get nominated.”

Speaking about their tonic water Ms Rennie said: “It’s its first outing so we’re so proud of that.

“It’s Scotland’s first tonic water so there’s quite a weight on our shoulders.

Both Summerhouse Drink products will appear in the Best New Foodservice Product for Businesses with up to 25 Employees category while John Smith & Sons will compete in the same category and the Best New Retail Product for Businesses with up to 25 Employees.

Anita Wade, of John Smith & Sons, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant and we’re really excited.

“It’s a traditional recipe for John Smith that we’ve tweaked to recreate.”

64 food and drink products were submitted for this year’s awards which recognise excellence and innovation in food and drink in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Moray.