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Scottish Bakers Conference & Awards – A round up of the day

On May 10th and 11th, 2024, Team ADM had the privilege of attending the Scottish Bakers Annual Conference & Awards. This significant event brought together industry leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts to discuss the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the baking and flour milling industry. We were proud to host an exhibition stand at the conference, where we were excited to share information about our new Regeneratively Sourced Baker’s Bread Flour.

“Firstly, we should take pride in our efforts to support the wider Scottish baking industry by taking part as a sponsor of this year’s Scottish Baker’s Conference & Awards event hosted at the Hilton, Glasgow. Spending time with the passionate, hard-working & talented bakery business owners was a real pleasure; listening to their hopes and concerns and enjoying hearing about their experiences and successes over this past difficult trading year,” says Craig Miller Head of Sales Scotland and Ireland.

We greatly appreciated the opportunity to introduce our new ADM Regenerative Sourcing Program to the Scottish Bakers members and were encouraged with the level of engagement and curiosity levelled around the whole subject of global food security & sustainability. There certainly appears to be a desire from the industry to debate the topic further as most expressed a real need for change but questioned how best to achieve a robust and economical supply chain.

It was particularly pleasing to see “The Bread Guy” win this year’s top award of “Scottish Baker of the Year 2024/5” – this craft bakery business with 5 retail units uses a range of ADM flours supplied through our Scottish based wholesale partner, Fleming Howden. Another highlight of the evening was the award for “Bayne’s the Family Baker” – “Customer Choice Winners for the Retail Craft Baker” category. Baynes has a 66-unit retail estate across the Scottish Central Belt and have been consistently investing & expanding their retail operation with plans in place to open a further 4 units by the end of 2024. I’m delighted to announce that ADM has secured the contract to provide 100% of their flour supply from July 2024!

ADM Customers win awards:

Bayne’s the Family Baker

Bayne’s the Family Baker won;

  • Best In Scotland Gold Award – Morning Roll.
  • Best In Region Gold Award – Morning Roll (Central Scotland)

    They were also voted as best Retail Craft Bakery in Scotland. Customer Choice Award – Retail Craft Bakery.

    And two of their products were recognised by the judges as being some of the best in the country.

  • National Bronze Award – Chicken & Haggis Pie
  • Regional Silver Award – Chicken & Haggis Pie (Central Scotland)
  • Regional Bronze Award – Yum Yum – (Central Scotland)

The Bread Guy

Gary McAllister, Managing Director of The Bread Guy, says ADM flour is the best flour he has ever used! “To win the Scottish Baker of the Year, bakers must submit high-quality product samples, undergo rigorous judging, and often engage in customer voting,” Gary continues. “Winning Scottish Baker of the Year was an incredible honour and a testament to the dedication of our entire team.”

The Bread Guy took the awards by storm by winning  6 awards as well as Scottish Baker of the Year.

  • National Silver for our Buttery
  • National Gold for our Made Without Gluten Bread
  • Regional Silver for our Blue Murder Sourdough
  • Regional Silver for our Scottish Seaweed Focaccia
  • Regional Silver for our Lasagne Pie
  • Regional Bronze for our Softie

 

T.A Francis & Son

“We are incredibly honoured to have won five awards at the Scottish Bakers Conference & Awards, including Best Roll in the Region for our Gi Roll. Using ADM flours has been a key factor in achieving the quality and consistency our customers love This recognition is a tribute to our team’s unwavering dedication and hard work”

T.A Francis & Son another customer of ours also took home 5 awards.

  • Best Roll in the region Gi Roll
  • Silver regional White Morning Roll
  • Silver regional Chia Bread
  • Silver regional Macaroni Pie
  • Bronze regional Steak & Haggis Pie

 

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We extend our heartfelt congratulations to The Bread Guy, T.A Francis & Son and Bayne’s the Family Baker for their outstanding achievements at the Scottish Bakers Awards. Their dedication to quality, innovation, and excellence in the baking industry has rightfully earned them these prestigious accolades. We are proud to see such exemplary craftsmanship recognised and celebrated. Well done to their bakeries for setting such high standards and leading the way in our industry!

Looking Ahead

Attending the Scottish Bakers Annual Conference was an invaluable experience. We are excited to implement the insights gained and look forward to future collaborations that will help us continue to lead in the flour milling industry. Craig Miller shares:

“I would like to personally congratulate The Bread Guy, T.A Francis & Son, and Bayne’s the Family Baker for their remarkable achievements at the Scottish Bakers Awards. Their success showcases the hard work and passion that drives our industry forward.

A big thank you to Team ADM—Ashley Fuller, Paul Stokes, Ewan Allen, Laura Hensley, and Alfred Michelin —for their participation in this year’s event. And of course, to the entire team at ADM Edinburgh who work tirelessly in the background to support and provide our quality products and exceptional service to the Scottish trade daily.”

 

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