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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

Off to a Flying Start in 2013 – Press Release, April 2013

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier has started the Spring season of 2013 in high spirits due to business innovations, more awards and outstanding success in 2012. The number of guests visiting the tourist attraction in the charming village of Grandtully, Highland Perthshire has dramatically increased by 23%.

The business is home to the Scottish Chocolate Centre – an adventurous multimedia exhibition dedicated to the origin, history and processing methods of turning cacao into award winning artisan chocolates. The 4 star tourist attraction added a viewing window into Iain’s bespoke chocolate kitchen in summer and visitors now have the opportunity to view all stages of the chocolate-making process (Mon – Fri) before tasting the mouth-watering chocolates.

Massive expansion took place in 2012 in the bespoke chocolate kitchen. Now three times the original size, expansion was essential to supply the huge growing demand from customers. Top notch establishments and celebrated chefs, for example Gordon Ramsay’s 3 Michelin Star Restaurant, The Hebridean Princess, Claridge’s and Harvey Nichol’s are amongst the clientele.

In March, we won two more awards in The Academy of Chocolate Awards based in London, who now have entrants from all over the world. Iain and his team are thrilled to continuously be recognised by their peers with these prestigious accolades.

More international tourists than ever have been enticed to the visitor attraction, no doubt alerted by the brown tourist road signs on the A9. The company is no longer a hidden gem with visitors of all nationalities stopping to sample the artisan gourmet chocolates, watch the chocolatiers in action and have a bite to eat in the enchanting Coffee and Chocolate House. The tourist attraction is alive with the sound of different languages, with Iain’s award-winning Scottish cream truffles and pralinés travelling to all different continents.

This voyage is complemented by the simultaneous growth of the company’s distribution network. Another first: the company opened their first elegant island shop in the Bon Accord Centre, Aberdeen. The launch signified the beginning of an expansion programme to make these outstanding chocolates readily available throughout the UK.

The prestigious brand exploded onto the London scene during Chocolate Week. Alexeeva & Jones, a magnificent and elegant chocolate boutique in Notting Hill, was launched and retails a number of luxury brands. Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier instantly became the bestseller! Online presence has dramatically increased as Iain became a top luxury supplier of Chocolat Lovers, an online site for anything chocolate.

Alexeva & Jones and Chocolat Lovers sell the complete range of artisan gourmet chocolates. For life’s romantics, there are elegant red and gold heart-shaped boxes of Velvet Truffles™ and Spiced Pralinés. An ideal gift for that special someone.

These outstanding chocolates can be found at Iain Burnett’s unique visitor attraction in Grandtully, at the elegant island shop in the Bon Accord Centre, Aberdeen or online at www.highandchocolatier.com