A pioneering range of tasty, nutritious and gluten-free foods scooped the award for healthy eating at this year’s annual Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards.
The Pulsetta roll by Plenta Foods Limited was announced winner of the prestigious ‘Commitment to Healthy Eating Award’ at the showcase event for the North-east food industry, held last week at the Marcliffe Hote and Spa in Aberdeen.
The healthy eating category of these prestigious awards is sponsored by the University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.
Commenting on this year’s awards, Dr Alan Rowe, Food and Drink Industry Specialist at the University said, “We were once again delighted by the high quality of applications for the award, and thank all the applicants for their work. In this Rowett centenary year we were looking for something more than simply an innovative product.
“We are particularly pleased to make the award to Plenta Foods Limited, a young company that has demonstrated - through its innovative products and approaches to business - a genuine passion and commitment to healthy eating in everything it does.”
Receiving the award, Pulsetta’s CEO and founder, Dr Karsten Karcher, said, “On behalf of the entire Pulsetta team, we are delighted and honoured that the Grampian Food Forum has recognised our commitment to healthy eating.
“We would like to say a special thank you to our manufacturing partner JG Ross Bakers in Aberdeenshire and to the many local and national organisations, businesses and individuals that are supporting us.”
Pulsetta is a pioneering range of tasty, nutritious and gluten-free foods, with naturally containing vitamins, minerals and fibre, and gluten-free as well as free from all major food allergens.
During the day, over 60 entries from 23 food and drink companies were sampled and assessed by the judging panel of Lorna Murray, local food sourcing and technical manager for Asda, Simon Cousins, series producer of BBC Scotland’s Landward, and Peter Bruce, managing director of Aberdeen catering and hospitality company Entier Limited.
The Grampian Food Forum Awards, now in their 23rd year, were launched to foster north-east Scotland’s tradition of innovative food production, and to provide an arena for the area’s food and drink producers to have their new products showcased to leading names in the industry.
In addition to the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards are sponsored and supported by Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council, Anderson's Packaging (Aberdeen) Ltd, Asda, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Johnston Carmichael, Keenan Recycling Ltd, Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Moray Council, The Press and Journal, Scotland Food & Drink, SAC Food & Drink, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland.