Graham’s The Family Dairy, Scotland’s largest independent dairy company and the seventh largest liquid milk producer in the UK, has won two major awards at the 2009 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards announced last night (Thursday 7 May).
The Bridge of Allan-based dairy in Stirlingshire saw its Graham’s Gold dairy products, produced by its prize-herd of doe-eyed Jersey cows, pick up both the award for Marketing Initiative of the Year and for Best Dairy, Confectionary & Snacking Product.
Graham’s double win at the coveted awards ensures it is a triple celebration for Graham’s as the proud family dairy celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Over the past seven decades, the family business has grown from supplying its local Stirlingshire village with milk using a simple horse and cart to supplying major multiples across the country with a high quality range of fresh conventional, organic and Graham’s Gold milks, creams and butters.
Carol Graham, marketing director of Graham’s The Family Dairy said: “Since its launch at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh last year, the luxurious Graham’s Gold product range, produced from the creamy milk of our prize herd of doe-eyed Jersey cows, has been enthusiastically received by our consumers and suppliers. These prestigious awards are testament to the hard work our staff has put in to delivering a high quality product.
“70 years after my grandfather started the dairy, it is hugely rewarding for everyone connected with the dairy to receive recognition of how far the brand has come. As a proud Stirlingshire family dairy, we are committed to developing our product range and ensuring the high standards we set ourselves continue to be met.”
Graham’s double award success follows the recent launch of Graham’s own range of luxury, yummy ice cream – the brand’s first venture into the frozen dairy market. Packaged in 1 litre (Scottish Dairy conventional) and 500ml (Organic and Graham’s Gold) tubs, the new melt in the mouth Graham’s Gold and Scottish Dairy lines are now available at selected ASDA stores throughout Scotland. Sainsbury’s and Tesco are carrying all three lines in selected stores.
Now in their eighth year, the ‘Oscars’ of the industry are co-organised by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and Scotland Food and Drink.
The ceremony, held at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum on 7 May was attended by dozens of leading figures from the Scottish food and drink industry.