SCOTTISH Bakers held its inaugural meeting in the Royal British Hotel in Edinburgh, on Thursday 22nd of October 1891.
As it celebrates 130 years of supporting and protecting the interests of Scotland’s bakery trade, it recorded a major milestone this week with a great showing at the Baking Industry Awards.
The Baking Industry Awards for 2021 brought the sector together to recognise and celebrate the transformation of the industry through the last year. The aim is for all UK bakery businesses to have the opportunity to acknowledge the skills, creativity and business acumen of the thriving UK baking sector.
In last night’s glittering awards, Stephens Bakery took the title of Craft Bakery Business.
We also celebrated finalist placings for:
* Beefcake Café in the Free-from Bakery Product of the Year category;
* Carr’s for its Kids Mix in the New Bakery Product of the Year for Carr’s Kids Mix as well as in the Team of the Year category;
* JG Ross was a finalist in the Customer Focus category; and
* Mimi’s Bakehouse was also finalist in the Craft Bakery Business category.
Scottish Bakers chief executive, Alasdair Smith, said: “The Baking Industry Awards are a key date on the calendar each year but of course the last two years have been somewhat different, so to attend this years’ event, alongside our president, Linda Hill, is an ideal opportunity not only to celebrate the resilience of our sector but also to highlight bakers who have been delivering excellence daily in what they create.
“We are immensely proud of all of our members shortlisted but also extend our congratulations to all the winners and runners up on the night doing our sector proud.
“But I also want to take a moment to mark our own milestone. At 130 years-old, our association is going from strength to strength and we made the most of the BIA Awards to celebrate our own success and, more importantly, that of our fantastic trade.
“For 130 years, Scottish Bakers has been an integral part of its members’ businesses, providing specialist support services for bakeries of all sizes and I for one am proud to have been a small part of that journey in recent years.
“Bakers in Scotland remain one of our unsung hero industries feeding communities with their fresh daily bread, savoury snacks and sweet treats made from quality ingredients.
“As well providing daily foods, they supply celebration cakes and special creations for weddings, christenings and sporting events as well as memorials. Three hundred bakery businesses embody their communities across Scotland by bringing folks from all walks of life together.
“But it’s not all about freshly baked produce that makes the sector unsung high street heroes, the bakery sector delivers over £1.4 billion into the economy, a fifth of all food and drink manufacturing. The sector employs some 11,000 people in over 300 business of all sizes in communities across the country; that’s 34 per cent of all food and drink manufacturing jobs in Scotland.
“And with The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards currently open for entries, we are proud to produce 30 million iconic Scotch Pies a year too – contributing not just to the economy but to the happiness of the nation.”
Notes for editors:
Scottish Bakers has been supporting and protecting the interests of Scotland’s bakery trade for 130 years.
Scottish Bakers’ core purpose is to promote and protect the interests of the trade; representing, advising and supporting all aspects of Scotland’s baking industry to ensure it remains competitive and equipped for growth.
It does this by providing the widest possible range of benefits that help its members sustain and grow their businesses including: skills development, technical information and assistance, competitions, sector intelligence, legal advice, financial discounts, and social and business networking.
Scottish Bakers manages both The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards and The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards each year to recognise and celebrate excellence in the sector.
But, most importantly, Scottish Bakers belongs to its members, it is there for their benefit and is proud of its motto, ‘for the good of all’.
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