Rosehearty drinks firm named the best

Claire Rennie, Summerhouse Drinks Ltd. and Sarah Mackie, Scottish Procurement Director for Brakes (judging Chair).
Claire Rennie, Summerhouse Drinks Ltd. and Sarah Mackie, Scottish Procurement Director for Brakes (judging Chair).

A Roshearty-based drinks company has been named Best New Foodservice Product for a Business with up to 25 employees at the recent Grampian Food Forum Awards.

Summerhouse Drinks Ltd, was celebrating following the announcement at a gala dinner at Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa on Thursday, March 24.

The awards, which are in their 26th year, awarded businesses in ten categories including Best New Retail Product, Best New Foodservice Product, the Grampian Food& Drink Entrepreneur 2016 and the Best Young Business.

From The Good Granola Company based in Aberdeen to Summerhouse Drinks Ltd, to establihsed family businesses like Mackie’s of Scotland and Moray-based Associated Seafoods, the awards showcased the diversity and strength of food and drink in the region.

Sarah Mackie, Scottish procurement director for Brakes, led the judging panel which included Michael Whiteford, buying director at Aldi and food blogger Hilary Sturzaker.

Sarah said: “The awards are a great platform for rewarding and celebrating innovation in the food and drink sector and we are delighted to see existing companies driving innovation with new products as well as an encouraging number of new local businesses starting up and others evolving.”

The family-owned Roshearty company recently announced that it was to have three of its most popular lemonades stocked by Waitrose.

These are Misty Lemondate, Hint O’ Mint and Lavender Lemonade.

The range of lemonades are produced in small batches in production facilities on the family farm.