Tomatin Distillery wins two awards in two categories, Environment and Excellence

Jay Rayner, Jennifer Masson, Robert Anderson and Stephen Rankin.

Tomatin Distillery is 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 its commitment to responsible environmental practice, the distillery boasts various green schemes including being the first in Scotland to install an environmentally efficient steam boiler. Its eco-friendly status is further boosted as locally produced sustainable virgin wood pellets fuel the boiler. 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, the distillery uses a green waste system consisting of a reed bed of over 18,000 varieties of plants. These work to naturally filter and cleanse the distillery’s liquid effluent as well as providing an ideal habitat for local wildlife.

The distillery 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 at 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.

Robert Anderson, Tomatin CEO, said, “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 region’s 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.

The awards are delivered with the support of a number of Scottish businesses, including; Bidfood Scotland, Johnston Carmichael, Gordon & MacPhail and Booker Wholesale.

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