With the traditional annual search for Scottish Baker of Year postponed by the coronavirus outbreak, trade body Scottish Bakers has this year awarded four Customer Choice awards.
Consumers’ votes for their favourite baker were used to identify ‘Customer Choice’ winners in four business categories: Craft Baker, Retail Craft Baker, Wholesale Baker and Bakery Café.
“I am delighted to announce the winners and bring some sense of celebration back to the great Scottish Bakers family,” said Scottish Bakers ambassador Mich Turner.
The four winners are:
Bakery Café of the Year
“After such a tough few months, it is beyond wonderful to know that so many of our customers rate us their favourite Bakery Café,” said managing director Michelle Phillips
“We are really touched so thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for us and we are looking forward to continuing to serve our community with freshly baked, quality produce for many more years to come.”
Retail Craft Baker of the Year
“That is fantastic, we are thrilled,” said managing director Alan Marr. “A real bit of brightness in these dark days.”
Wholesale Baker of the Year
“This means the world to us, thank you so much, we are absolutely delighted,” said Daniel Smith of Stag Bakeries.
“It is going to mean so much to our staff, they will be so proud. And I can’t thank our customers enough, it is wonderful to know that so many of them rate us their favourite wholesale baker.”
Craft Baker of the Year
“I am so, so chuffed, thank you,” said Linda Hill of Murrays Bakers, which recently re-opened its business.
“Coming after such a really great re-opening that has made my day. After such a tough few months, it is beyond wonderful to know that so many of our customers rate us their favourite craft baker.”
Scottish Bakers chief executive Alasdair Smith said the association was delighted the awards gave the public a chance to have their say.
“It was a great opportunity for Scottish bakers to reach out to their customers and communities and get people buzzing about great, traditional Scottish baking.”
This month’s issue of British Baker magazine is a special report on the Scottish bakery market. View the issue here.