Media Release: Thom Auld & Sons and Scottish Bakers thank Joan Laird for voting in Scottish Baker of the Year Awards 2014

Thos Auld & Sons Ltd - Fiona Phillips (Aulds), Joan Laird (Winner) & Carol Hak (Scottish Bakers)

CRAFT baker, Thos Auld & Sons Ltd of Greenock, who received a Highly Commended for their Empire Biscuit at the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards, was delighted to present its customer Joan Laird with an iPad Mini just for voting for them!

Joan’s son, Andrew Laird, was delighted to accept the prize on his mother’s behalf.

Fiona Phillips, development director of Thos Auld & Sons, said: “We make consistently good quality products and this has been recognised by the judges. Presenting Joan with an iPad Mini today is the icing on the cake.”

Joan is a life-long customer of Thos Auld & Sons Ltd and shops in a number of their branches. Andrew says: “Aulds is the only bakers my mother or I ever go to. She is very excited to win and couldn’t believe it when she heard the news!”

Chief cxecutive of Scottish Bakers, Alan Clarke, commented: “20,000 customers from Stranraer to Shetland voted for their favourite bakery products and the top products in each of the six categories were judged by a panel of independent experts led by artisan baker Robert Ross and a panel of expert and judges with extensive experience of the bakery sector in Scotland.”

The Scottish Baker of the Year Awards was devised by Scottish Bakers to raise awareness of the bakery industry in Scotland. With baking enjoying resurgence in our kitchens, on our TV screens and on our book shelves, the Association believed it was time to recognise the skills and expertise of the men and women across Scotland who bake for a living.

Scottish Bakers asked customers across Scotland to vote for their favourite bakery items in the following categories: morning roll, scone, small cake, savoury, bread and biscuit scoring each on taste and value for money.

John Gall, president of the Scottish Bakers, said: “For every baker who was entered by a customer, for all of our shortlisted bakers and for all of our members who have helped and supported us in making this competition happen, I offer my warmest congratulations. We are a great industry making quality products day in and day out and we should be proud.”

Editors note:

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’.

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