Media release: World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2018 gives ultimate accolade to James Pirie & Son of Newtyle


The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2018 came to an exciting conclusion today as James Pirie & Son of Newtyle were announced as the 19th winner of the competition, making them THE WORLD SCOTCH PIE CHAMPION OF 2018

  • Over 400 products were entered this year
  • By over 80 of the nation’s best butchers and bakers
  • Judged by 50 industry experts and professionals
  • 11 category winners selected
  • But only ONE World Scotch Pie Champion

FOLLOWING a busy judging day, with over 80 butchers and bakers entering over 400 pies, sausage rolls, bridies, savouries and apple pies into the competition – and with some 250 hopefuls attending the awards luncheon in Cumbernauld – James Pirie & Son can truly be proud to have produced the best Scotch Pie in the land.

Alan Pirie, of butcher James Pirie & Son, said: “We won, I am speechless! To have been given the ultimate accolade today and to be able to call our pie the WORLD CHAMPION – as judged by a panel of experts – is just excellent.

“This award is proof of what I have known for a long time: that the James Pirie & Son team is the best in the land.

“I am really looking forward to the year ahead and to selling more of our champion pies than ever.”

TV presenter and entrepreneur, Carol Smillie, who presented James Pirie & Son with their award, said: “I have announced the winner for three years in a row now and I know what it means to win, so I am delighted for James Pirie & Son and for what the year ahead holds.

“But for every winner here today, they can be proud and I hope they all see business boom as they all enjoy their well-deserved success.”

Added head judge, Ian Nelson: “The competition, which has run for 19 years, aims to highlight that bakers and butchers create high-quality pastry products, day in day out.

“Recognising the ‘great and the good’ in this way rewards excellence and ‘raises the bar’ in the industry.”

Craig McPhie, president of Scottish Bakers, said: “Once again, we have brought together the best pies and baked goods in the land and today we can really celebrate the achievement of our hard-working butchers and bakers.

“My heartfelt congratulations go to our world champion, and, indeed, everyone today taking away a prize; they are all winners in my book.”

Notes for editors:

Scottish Bakers was established in 1891 and, since then, we have represented and promoted the interests of the bakery trade in Scotland.

We aim to be an integral part of each member’s business by providing support for bakers of all sizes.

We provide a valuable source of help, advice, information, assistance and skills development for bakers throughout Scotland.

But, most importantly, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members, we are all there for their benefit and are proud of our motto, ‘for the good of all’.

Partner sponsor

With thanks to our sponsor: Bako Northwestern Group

And to our category sponsors:

Carr’s Flour Mills, Rondo, Eurowire Containers, DE Product Labels, Puratos, Fleming Howden, KDH Projects, Dalziel and the Scotch Butchers Club

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