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October 31st 2022

Salmon farmers net Highland Food and Drink Awards

Scottish salmon farmers have scooped awards at the prestigious Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards.

Bakkafrost Scotland (formerly the Scottish Salmon Company), which has salmon farming operations throughout the west coast of Scotland and the Western Isles, picked up awards in the sustainability and primary producer categories.

Awarding Bakkafrost Scotland, the judging panel said "this business nurtures a positive culture of continuous improvement and best practice - integral to their sustainable development".

Meanwhile, Gilpin Bradley was named as Ambassador of the Year.

Mr Bradley has been managing director of Wester Ross Salmon for 32 years, which farms Atlantic salmon in Ullapool and has a processing station at Dingwall, and champions the sector and the Highlands.

In 2019 Mr Bradley appeared on Nadiya's 'Time To Eat' on BBC2, taking former Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain to their Ardmair Farm in Loch Kannaird near Ullapool.

Highlighting his contribution, the judging panel said: "He turned this small company into the top salmon producer in Scotland in terms of quality, provenance and price, making it the gold standard for Scottish salmon.

"He also made Wester Ross an extraordinary export success story, taking on a platoon of US salespeople to sell Wester Ross Salmon into the top restaurants, delis, and retail outlets across the United States.

"He has been a fantastic ambassador, not just for Wester Ross Salmon but for Wester Ross as an area, for the Highlands and Islands and for Scottish salmon in general."

Tavish Scott, chief executive of Salmon Scotland, said:

"These awards are great recognition for our sector.

"Scottish salmon is among the very best food and drink the Highlands and Islands has to offer.

"As well as farm-raising the finest Scottish salmon for the UK and international consumers, salmon farms are great places to work, providing long-term, well-paid, year-round employment in some of the region's most fragile coastal communities."