The Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG) scooped the Aquaculture Seafood Product of the Year Award at last night’s (11 June) Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards.

SSMG won the prestigious award for its new range of mussel ready meals developed for Lidl - Deluxe Scottish Mussels in Tomato & Chorizo Sauce, Scottish Cooked Mussels in Black Bean Sauce and Scottish Cooked Mussel & Clams in Thai Sauce.

All three products have enjoyed strong consumer demand and were developed to coincide with ‘themed’ sales periods for Lidl. The award judges were impressed by the imagination and skill used in developing the product range.

The Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards celebrate the achievements and successes of an industry that is vitally important to Scotland and its rural communities.

Stephen Cameron, managing director of SSMG, said: “We are delighted that our innovation in new product development has been recognised in this way. This award is testament to the hard work of all our employees and underlines the growing importance of the Scottish farmed shellfish sector as a provider of sustainable, nutritious and tasty food.”

Last night’s Awards ceremony and dinner took place at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh.