BOOM time for Scotland's organic pioneers

Scotland's BOOM finalists. Back row left to right: Isaac Rose (New Leaf Co-op), Josh Adam (Almighty Foods), Jon Anderson (Feed), Chris Grierson (Feed). Front row left to right: Molly Jacob (Almighty Foods), Neil Forbes (Café St Honoré)

Scotland's BOOM finalists. Back row left to right: Isaac Rose (New Leaf Co-op), Josh Adam (Almighty Foods), Jon Anderson (Feed), Chris Grierson (Feed). Front row left to right: Molly Jacob (Almighty Foods), Neil Forbes (Café St Honoré)

I've been working with the Soil Association on PR, copywriting and blogging for their forthcoming BOOM (Best of Organic Market) Awards. It's been really interesting to meet the people behind Scotland's best organic brands and find out why they're so passionate about what they do.

The Soil Association’s BOOM Awards are the UK’s only dedicated organic awards celebrating people, producers, restaurants and brands working to produce food as it should be. More people than ever before are choosing organic – in 2016, the market for organics in Scotland grew 11.7%.

Five Scottish businesses have been shortlisted: Café St Honoré and Feed are competing for the Best Organic Eating Out award. Café St Honoré, led by chef Neil Forbes, serves a changing daily menu of the best Scottish produce in a French bistro setting while Feed is an American-style bar/diner specialising in burgers, ribs and wings – all of which are organic.

New Leaf Co-op is a hands-on wholefood co-operative where customers scoop their own wholefoods, grind nut-butters and have a wide choice of organic fruit and veg - it’s in the running for the Best Organic Independent Retailer.

Almighty Foods’ Cashew Caramello – a gourmet spread made entirely of organic whole foods such as cashew, coconut, vanilla pods, lemons and Hebridean sea salt - has made it onto the shortlist for the Best Organic Pantry Product.

Island Bakery, well-known for its organic biscuits, is in the running for the Nation’s Favourite award for its Lemon Melts – in a special category voted for by the public.

The winners will be announced in July but in the meantime we've had some nice coverage in the Edinburgh Evening News and Scotland Food & Drink. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that these great Scottish businesses go on to lift some trophies.