SCOTTISH producers are encouraged to enter the UK’s only organic food and drink awards.

Run by Soil Association Certification, the UK’s largest organic certification body, the Best of Organic Market (Boom) awards are a chance to celebrate the best of organic food and drink.

Demand for organic has been increasing rapidly, with organic sales growing consistently for the past seven years, according to Soil Association Certification’s Organic Market Report. Scotland has more than 500 organic producers and processors. At the Royal Highland Show in June 2018, the Cabinet Secretary, Fergus Ewing, quoting data produced by Kantar Worldpanel, revealed that the total spend on organic grocery in Scotland was up 5.4% from the previous year.

The Boom Awards, now in their third year, celebrate what’s currently happening in the market, as well as the innovators shaping the future of food and farming.

The awards are open to all organic producers and businesses across a wide range of categories. Food and drink categories, judged blind purely on taste and quality, include dairy, bakery, meat, fish and alcoholic drinks.

For Scottish organic businesses, an overall “best Scottish product” prize will be awarded. The category will be chosen from every Scottish product that enters the Boom awards and will be judged by a panel of expert judges from the organic industry, food writers, chefs and bloggers. Highland Spring, the first bottled water brand in the UK to have its catchment area certified as organic by Soil Association Certification, will sponsor the category.

Prizes are not just awarded for products found in the shops – organic businesses often do things differently and the Best of Organic Innovation award will recognise pioneering production processes, product innovation and social change makers. A further award will celebrate the organic businesses leading the way in developing new and environmentally sustainable packaging solutions.

Entries for the Boom awards close on February 28, with judging taking place between April 30 and May 3, ahead of an awards night on June 26.

Joining the Soil Association to celebrate the brightest organic businesses in the UK as 2019’s “Boombassador” is Thomasina Miers.

The Masterchef winner said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Soil Association Certification to celebrate the best that the organic market has to offer and I’m looking forward to seeing the people and businesses that are creating change within the food industry.”