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Loch Duart Shortlisted for the Best Rural Food & Drink Business in UK Award

Graeme Thomsonblog

Loch Duart, the salmon farm based in Sutherland and the Uists, has been shortlisted for the Rural Business Awards North in the Best Rural Food & Drink Business category. Celebrating its 20th year as an independent Scottish salmon farming business Loch Duart has recently launched ‘Salmon Pool’ a partnership with their fish feed supplier, Cargill Aqua Nutrition. The fund is available to charities and projects providing support to the local community.

Alban Denton, Managing Director of Loch Duart, said:

“Scotland is rightfully renowned for its world beating food and drink sector, so for Loch Duart to be shortlisted as one of the North’s Best Rural Food & Drink Businesses is a great honour. Awards like the Rural Business Awards are brilliant at highlighting the huge contribution that rural businesses, projects and entrepreneurs contribute to the UK economy. Loch Duart is proud to be a Highlands and Islands business which relies on the fantastic talent and hard work of our rural communities. We look forward to meeting some of the other wonderful rural business finalists at the presentation in Newcastle, later this year.”

Director and Co-Founder of The Rural Business Awards, Anna Price, said:

“The 2019/20 Awards have seen record numbers of entries and it’s encouraging to see so many rural businesses express a desire to celebrate their successes on a regional and national scale. We are passionate about creating a nurturing environment where rural businesses can develop, and this starts by showcasing the great work they do. On behalf of everyone at the Rural Business Awards, we want to say well done to Loch Duart, and all the shortlisted businesses, and wish them luck ahead of the regional finals.”

Loch Duart salmon is sold to leading hotels, restaurants and retailers at home and abroad and their environmentally sensitive approaches is employed on farms at a number of small sites, some of which have been rearing salmon for over forty years. Since launching in 2018 the Salmon Pool fund has distributed in excess of £31K to over 10 projects.

The North Region Awards Presentation takes place on Friday 11th October 2019 at – The Core, Newcastle University. The RBAs are now entering their 5th year and are held in partnership with Amazon headline partners for the third year running.

Download the full press release here.