Media Release: Bruichladdich/UHI collaboration shortlisted for award

Dr Peter Martin and John Wishart of Agronomy Institute

THE Bere Barley project is included on the shortlist for the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

Our Bere Barley single malts are created as the result of a ten-year collaboration between the distillery on Islay and the Agronomy Institute on Orkney which is part of UHI, the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Says a spokesperson: “One hundred and sixty-three businesses submitted 239 entries to 19 award categories, which recognise excellence across the Scottish food and drink industry. The project is on a shortlist of three in the ‘Innovation’ category and the winner will be announced at a major awards event on 27 May at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland.”

Bruichladdich CEO, Simon Coughlin, says: “The Bere Barley project has been long and arduous, with many technical and logistical issues.

“A number of people have had to face significant difficulties and setbacks, but these have always been overcome through a stubborn determination to succeed.

“I would particularly like to thank Allan Logan and Jim McEwan, whose faith in the unique quality this ancient landrace of barley gives to its spirit has always remained undimmed.

“I would also like to thank Dr Peter Martin and John Wishart of the Agronomy Institute who have also been indefatigable and unflappable throughout. It is a now privilege to be able to share the results of our collaboration with single malt whisky enthusiasts around the world.

“Bruichladdich places the concept of ‘terroir’, an understanding of people, place and variety, at the centre of everything we do. We aim to make the most thought-provoking single malts in the world, and the Bere Barley project is a perfect exemplar of this.”

The broadcaster, Kaye Adams, will host the sell-out awards ceremony in May. The ceremony is sold out with more than 800 guests expected to attend.

The awards are organised in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

Martha Bryce, of the Scottish Food and Drink Awards, said: “The Excellence Awards recognise the incredible quality that Scotland’s food and drink industry has to offer, the outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses as well as the high standard of our products and the level of innovation we’re seeing across the sector.

“Across our Land of Food and Drink the shortlist recognises big businesses to smaller, artisan producers ranging from new to long established. Our expert panel of judges have remarked on the impressive quality of products and the high standard of business entries.

“During the Year of Food and Drink it is appropriate that this year’s awards have been record breaking with the largest number of entries and an increase in attendees to the award ceremony and dinner in response to the tremendous demand.

“This is testament to the profile, success and sentiment of the industry. We look forward to a stellar celebration in May!”

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