First Minister praises Shire bakery’s efforts

First Minister Alex Salmond.
First Minister Alex Salmond.

First Minister Alex Salmond has written to bakers JG Ross to commend them for their effort in reaching the finals of the Scottish Baker of the Year awards.

JG Ross has been producing an extensive range of cakes, meat products and bakery goods in the region since 1962. Many of their foods are still hand crafted on a daily basis at their premises in Inverurie and Portsoy.

Customers from across Scotland voted for their favourite baker products across seven categories. More than 100 bakers took part, and their most popular products were put before an expert panel of 40 independent judges.

Other finalists included Brownings of Kilmarnock; Campbell’s of Crieff; The Kandy Bar of Saltcoats; Harry Gows of Inverness, and Ashers of Nairn.

Commenting, Alex Salmond MSP stated: “JG Ross is a fantastic example of how a family business should be run. They are fantastic ambassadors for the north east and well worthy of nomination for Scottish Baker of the Year.

“I’m delighted that their tie-in with Tesco is helping promote the business across the length and breadth of Scotland. As I have said before, it can only be a good thing that the rest of the country gets to experience a proper Aberdeenshire buttery.

MSP Christian Allard also wrote to the bakery, saying: “It is great to see JG Ross nominated for yet another award. Becoming one of the candidates for the Scottish Baker of the Year Award 2014 is recognition for the half century this bakery has been making fine quality products for the people of the North East.

“We are lucky to have such a wealth of fantastic food producers across the region. JG Ross have already been particularly successful, winning several awards this year.”