Archive for May, 2013

Product of the Year – Press Release, May 2013

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier scoops country’s top award

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier – now arguably the most awarded Chocolatier in the UK – triumphed in last night’s 2013 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, picking up two huge wins – especially the coveted Product of the Year.


The Awards are the “Oscars” of the Scottish food industry, run in partnership with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, have been recognising and rewarding the very best in Scottish food and drink for many years and this year’s glittering event took place in The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.

All the stars of the Scottish food and drink industry were present to see the Highland Chocolatier brand receive two awards, the pinnacle being Scotland’s top award for Product of the Year 2013.

Elegant boxes filled with the exquisite, enrobed Velvet Truffles and Spiced Pralines formed Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier’s entry which won the new category of Confectionery & Snacking. Product of the Year is an honour bestowed by the judges and recognises the premium and unique quality of the Highland Chocolatier’s artisan gourmet truffles and pralines.   The 17 awards contested by over 300 companies recognise excellence in products, food service and seven retail categories – all scrutinised and tested by the judging panel which was made up of an elite group including top Chefs, food industry experts and national food writers.

Julie Collier, Commercial Director for the prestigious brand, collected the awards and said “We have worked so very hard building this brand over its short 6 year life, the team are extremely proud and honoured to be recognised at the very highest level by such an elite group.  Scotland is renowned for its amazing provenance and to take the honour of Product of the Year is something really special”.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, congratulated us and said “the winners of this year’s Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards … illustrate the skill, innovation and premium quality of the country’s producers, which is driving our reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.”

This coveted award, along with the numerous national and international awards already received, is on display in The Scottish Chocolate Centre in Grandtully (between Aberfeldy and Pitlochry).   Iain and his team create these amazing truffles and pralines in the bespoke kitchen and nowadays can be seen busy at work Monday to Friday from the newly installed viewing window.

For more pictures and information please contact Julie Collier on 01887 840775 or 07966 969134 and at clients@HighlandChocolatier.com