Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Taste of Arran founder honoured at HIT Industry Event

Alastair Dobson, Managing Director of Taste of Arran, has been recognised for his ‘inspiring innovation and business acumen' at a glittering awards ceremony hosted by industry body, Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland (HIT).

The annual award, presented by Arlene Bonomi, Sales Director for Brakes, recognised Alastair's considerable achievements and boundless energy that has seen his business grow from a single van enterprise to a collaboration of ten food and drink premier producers from the Scottish Isle of Arran.

Paying homage to Alastair's success, James Stagg from The Caterer magazine spoke of the ‘marketing brilliance' of the Taste of Arran that has boosted the island's economy and provided producers with a sustainable and successful business platform from which to grow.

James said: "Alastair's flair for marketing and innovation led him to diversify the business without ever losing sight of his drive for quality and innovation: his Isle of Arran Dairies ice cream is synonymous with the island he operates from".

Accepting the award, Alastair paid tribute to the quality, innovation and hard work of fellow producers as well as acknowledging the HIT's achievements in developing the skills and ambitions of young people working in the hospitality industry.

The dinner, to celebrate HIT's 21st anniversary, was attended by over 500 industry representatives. The event raised a staggering £67,000 for HIT, a registered charity that delivers scholarships and bursaries for those working in the industry

Sponsored by Diageo, guests were served up a sumptuous dinner of local produce and enjoyed glittering entertainment from Edward Reid, Britain's Got Talent, who emerged from a giant cake.

Summing up the night, HIT's Chief Executive, David Cochrane said: "This generous and fun loving industry partied like never before and dug deep to secure the future for many of our next generation of industry leaders. I am hugely proud to be part of a sector which contributes so much to Scotland."






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