Brother and sister receive national excellence award

James Macsween with Deputy First Minister John Swinney and broadcaster Kaye Adams
James Macsween with Deputy First Minister John Swinney and broadcaster Kaye Adams

James and Jo Macsween, third generation joint MDs of Macsween Haggis, have been presented with a national accolade.

The brother and sister have been awarded the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Food & Drink’ title at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

The award was given in recognition of the duo’s track record in reaching out to new customers through innovative product development and inspired marketing.

The award came as a huge surprise to James Macsween.

“I was shocked when I heard the judges describing a company that sounded so very like our own,” said James. “And even more so when they called out my name.

“The award hopefully shows that our efforts to change perceptions of haggis with innovation and new products are really being recognised.”

Midlothian MSP Colin Beattie said: “I’ve always been impressed by the products from Macsween and feel they truly deserve this award. I give my sincere congratulations to James and Jo Macsween on being recognised.”