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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Food & drink businesses awarded for their sustainability at VIBES Ceremony

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 The environmental efforts of Scotland’s food and drink industry have been recognised at the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards with six businesses rewarded for their sustainable achievements.  

The Glenmorangie Company, Paterson Arran Ltd, Greenvale AP were amongst nine companies to receive a green accolade in front of more than 350 businesses at the recent awards ceremony. 

Diageo Leven, Jaw Brew and The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant also received commendation in their categories, highlighting the role Scotland’s food and drink industry is playing in supporting Scotland’s sustainability.



The Glenmorangie Company was presented the Hydro Nation Award for its Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP). The project aims to enhance water quality and biodiversity within the Dornoch Firth through a combination of a waste treatment process and regeneration of a biogenic Native European oyster reef. An anaerobic digester system has reduced the biological load discharge to sea by 95% while the oyster bed will clean up the last 5%. The oyster bed will act as a large bio filter that will, as it grows, help to protect the shoreline close to the distillery.

Paterson Arran Ltd, which manufactures shortbread, biscuits and oatcakes, was awarded the Management SME category for its Environmental Management System. By combining traditional methods with today’s technology, Paterson Arran Ltd has managed to reduce not only its water consumption but also its total energy per tonne, paper use and general waste, while increasing its recycling rate to 95%. Their Livingston site has also been landfill-free since 2014.

Greenvale AP, the UK’s largest supplier of organic potatoes, picked up the Management Large Award for its environmental strategy, GREEN 20 which extends to its suppliers and growers and includes several sustainable targets to be achieved by 2020. As part of its Green20 strategy, Greenvale AP has, to date, reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent and its water consumption by 50 per cent, as well diverting 90 per cent of its waste from landfill. The potato producer has also turned their waste into an income through a variety of methods which includes utilising 100% of potatoes harvested and separating soil and sand and selling it to local businesses.

Diageo Leven was commended in the Hydro Nation category, The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant received commendation in the Management SME Award while micro brewer, Jaw Brew received commendation for Circular Economy Award for its Hardtack product; a low alcohol beer that is produced from unsold morning rolls which are used in place of a proportion of malt.

The awards follow a rigorous judging process, where each of the 37 finalists were visited by a team of judges to assess their environmental processes.


The companies awarded demonstrate the variety of ways Scotland’s food and drink industry, from large scale producers right down to micro brewers, are doing to support Scotland’s environment. In addition to supporting the environment, many of the practices implemented are also good for business, something which the awards aim to showcase.

Not only does it often lead to more efficient use of resources but environmental practice can enhance business competitiveness, improve environmental performance as well as benefiting the bottom line;  for example, by using unsold morning rolls as opposed to malt, Jaw Brew saves 25% on ingredients per batch compared to other beer.

Commenting, Dr Peter Nelson, Operations Director at The Glenmorangie Company, said: “Winning the Hydro Nation Award is a real testament to the innovative work and commitment from everyone at The Glenmorangie Company and our partners at Heriot Watt University and The Marine Conservation Society.  Working towards achieving a sustainable future is key to our collective ambitions.”

Jo-Anne Baptie, Group HSE Manager at Greenvale AP, said: “We are honoured to have been recognised at this year’s VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards and are proud to take our place amongst the different companies working hard to deliver a sustainable future and hope it inspires more organisations to make a difference.”


Adam Wilson, Quality, Safety, Health & Environmental Manager at PatersonArran Ltd, said: “Winning the Management Award is real testament to several years of hard work and commitment from everyone at Paterson Arran in developing our Environmental Management System and reducing our impact on the environment and we are incredibly proud of our achievements.”

Gillian Bruce, Chair of the VIBES– Scottish Environment Business Awards, added: “Sustainable practice is important for our environment but it can also make a big difference to a business’s operations as seen by this year’s finalists.

“The standard of entries has once again been high and it is encouraging to see the different ways and processes businesses are coming up with, both small and large, to reduce their environmental impact.

“The VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards are not just about giving recognition to these companies but also to help showcase the steps they are taking to reduce their impact in the hope that many more companies will be inspired to follow in their footsteps and to reap the rewards.”

Each of the 2017 VIBES winners is now eligible to enter the 2018 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) which is open to winners and runners up of RSA Accredited award schemes. VIBES is the only Scottish based RSA Accredited award scheme.


The Awards are accredited by the RSA Environment Awards Accreditation Scheme (www.rsaaccreditation.org).  

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