Our ARTISAN FOOD finalists for the 2017 Scottish Rural Awards are…
Loch Arthur Creamery and Farm Shop
Loch Arthur Creamery and Farm Shop is part of Loch Arthur Camphill Community – a registered charity creating supported tenancies and working opportunities for adults with learning disabilities within a multi-faceted community. With a vision to maintain a vibrant and dynamic social enterprise, they are committed to making a positive contribution to the local economy. The creamery makes a range of artisan cheeses – something of a lost art in South West Scotland. The Farm Shop, with its in-house butchery, bakery, kitchen and café, really lives up to its five star rating as one of Scotland’s finest artisan food destinations.
Isle of Skye Sea Salt Company Ltd
Skeabost Bridge, Isle of Skye
Established in 2011, the Isle of Skye Sea Salt Company Ltd are the first commercial sea salt producer on the island in 300 years. Their unique way of producing salt with a natural and seasonal approach singles them out in the UK market and means that production has a low impact on the environment. Last year the company’s sales doubled, giving them a steady increase in profit year on year.
Wigtown, Newton Stewart
Launched four years ago by Sheena Horner, Galloway Chillies produce over 70 varieties of chilli as well as producing preserves. As the chair of Wigtown and Bladnoch Food Festival and a Scottish Rural Leader, Sheena not only not only promotes her own business but has a strong ethos for collaborating and mentoring other local suppliers. Sheena plans to continue the growth of the company by selling her products overseas.
Summer Harvest Oils
Summer Harvest Oils produce their award-winning Scottish Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil from oilseed rape which is grown, pressed and bottled on their farm in Perthshire. As sixth generation farmers, they have been farming for 130 years and use traditional six year rotations. Summer Harvest Oils’ products are used by many Scottish chefs, including Andrew Fairlie and Tom Kitchin. They have recently donated charity prizes for Crieff Breastfeeding Group and Kicks Court.
Manuela’s Wee Bakery
Lower Ardelve, Kyle of Lochalsh
The bakery offers a wide range of artisan breads, biscuits, savouries and pizzas to a wide range of shops, restaurants and attractions, including the Highland Games, in the Skye and Inverness regions. The company has increased productivity by 500 per cent since 2013, using a range of organic Scottish ingredients and offering a wider selection of products than other bakeries. They also provide locally available dietary options, including gluten-free pastries and breads.
The Very Lovely Sauce Company
Set up by Michelle Wilkinson in 2015, the company produces handmade caramel flavoured sauces – Gingerbread, Liquorice and Sea-Salted. In the last year the company has achieved over 60 stockists and a distributor listing. They are the only specialist caramel sauce producer in Scotland, with each jar containing only natural ingredients.
Lochcarnan, Isle of South Uist
Founded in 1987 on South Uist, the original owner of Salar Smokehouse designed and built his own unique kilns upon which to oak-smoke the company’s signature Salar Flaky Smoked Salmon. Today, current owner Iain MacRury’s determination to save the smokehouse from closure has seen the brand relaunched, with the on-site shop also providing a centralised community hub for other Hebridean businesses to showcase their products.
Wee Isle Dairy Ltd
Isle of Gigha, Argyll
Based at Tarbert Farm, Don and Emma Dennis set up Wee Isle Dairy Ltd just under two years ago. As the only commercial producer of ice cream in Argyll, the company aim to raise awareness of the island and the produce available in the region. With an environmentally-friendly focus to business, the company also produce milk in glass recyclable bottles, moving away from plastic and reminding people of the comfort of ‘cream at the top’ pasteurised milk.
Cows and Co
Cows and Co are a group of like-minded artisan cheese producers, farmers and entrepreneurs who are passionate about developing a brand of high quality premium food and dink products. Last year production went from approximately 300kg per week to 1,000kg, with their plant having the capacity to double this. It is believed that the birth of the company has helped to keep dairy farming alive in the area, with plans currently in place to secure the future for the next generation.
In House – Chocolates by Design
Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway
Since July 2013, In House – Chocolates by Design has been trading and creating chocolates by hand. Going from strength to strength in three years with an increase in sales, Gillian has been able to convert outbuildings and train another chocolatier. She also regular gives talks and demos to the community for people who want to learn the art of chocolate making.