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Since our smokehouse opened in 1987, we’ve been very proud of our products and the awards that they’ve won – although it’s been a quiet pride and we’ve never felt the need to make too much noise about our accolades.

However, after being invited to enter a series of awards, many of which we’ve won, we now feel it’s time to be a little louder about our successes and let you know that the products you buy from us have also received wide acclaim.

To provide a snapshot of our accomplishments, here are a few awards that we’ve collected over the years and that reaffirm John Ross’s position as a world-class producer of traditionally prepared Scottish smoked salmon.


John Ross has won a 2021 Great Taste Award for its Balvenie Whisky Cured Smoked Salmon.


Finalist for three North East Scotland Food and Drink Awards



Food and Drink Entrepreneur of the Year at the North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards

John Ross’s CEO, Christopher Leigh, is presented with the award for building the company into an international brand


Best New Retail Product Award presented to John Ross Jr at the 2018 North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards for its Scottish Smoked Trout

John Ross becomes a finalist for the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards 2018


The People’s Choice Family Business of the Year Award is presented to John Ross at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2017


John Ross scoops the Award for Achievement in International Business at the Northern Start Business Awards 2017


Great British Food Award Winner in the Smoked Fish category. The award was presented to John Ross after renowned chef, Richard Corrigan, judged the category

Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. John Ross is awarded the globally renowned honour for the second time in the country’s history

John Ross wins a Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Award in the Fish and Seafood category for its premium Balmoral Fillet product


John Ross wins the Best New Retail Product Award for its Tea Smoked Salmon with Lapsang Souchong Tea at the Grampian Food Forum Awards


2008 - 2014

John Ross collects six Great Taste Awards for a number of its traditionally prepared products including Traditional Smoked Salmon, Smoked Salmon Pate and Balmoral Fillet. 


John Ross wins the coveted Queen’s Award for Export



September 15th 2021
Reasons to buy Scottish smoked salmon