We are celebrating after being crowned a winner in two categories, Environment and Excellence, at the prestigious Highland & Islands Food & Drink Awards 2017.
Picking up the Environment Award for our commitment to responsible environmental practice, we have implemented various green schemes including being the first distillery in Scotland to install an environmentally efficient steam boiler, which is fuelled by locally produced wood pellets made from sustainable virgin wood. This shift from heavy fuel oil to biomass has been critical in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the use of non-fossil fuels.
In addition to this, we use a green waste system consisting of a reed bed of over 18,000 varieties of plants. These work to naturally filter and cleanse our liquid effluent as well as providing an ideal habitat for local wildlife.
Then, we also scooped the coveted Excellence award. This special award is reserved by the expert judging panel to recognise and reward overall excellence in any of the award categories.
The glittering awards ceremony, hosted by Jay Rayner, award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster, was held in the Kingsmill Hotel, Inverness on Friday 20th. 15 winners were awarded for their outstanding commitment to the industry, and excellence in quality and innovation, chosen from a Highland hotlist of 34 finalists.
Bob Anderson, our CEO, was there to pick up the awards and is understandably delighted with the result: "To be taking home two awards and a commendation this year is a fantastic result for Tomatin Distillery. Our dedication to greener practices and commitment to the environment through our reduction in fossil fuel reliance, as well as our green waste and other green policies, helped us scoop the Environment Award. In addition to this we were awarded the overall Excellence Award, which is reserved by the judging panel to recognise and reward excellence across all categories. The Highlands are home to some of the best food and drink brands in Scotland and the competition was fierce on the night, so this is a real achievement for Tomatin."
The Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards launched in 2005 and have since represented some of the regions most celebrated food and drink businesses. The food and drink industry is integral to the Highlands and Islands, supporting around 32,000 full time jobs and generating in excess of £1 billion per year for the region.