Taste of success as Jordan wins Food & Drink Excellence Award

Jordan Russell, of Aldomak, was named Young Talent at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.
Jordan Russell, of Aldomak, was named Young Talent at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

Staff and customers at Giffnock’s Aldomak are delighted for Jordan Russell, who was named Young Talent at this year’s Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.

Jordan’s award is richly deserved, says Dario Riccomini, owner of the successful family ice cream and confectionery business established in 1932.

Jordan (24) joined Aldomak around four years ago and is described by Dario as an “indispensable” member of the team.

Dario said: “Jordan has made the most of every opportunity and fully applies himself to everything he does.

“At the start of the process, I don’t think Jordan really thought he had a chance of winning this award, but it is well deserved.

“Everyone at Aldomak is delighted for him.”

The Scotland Food & drink Excellence Awards recognise the leading lights in the industry. This year, a total of 52 food and drink businesses from across Scotland were named as finalists across the 19 product and business categories.

The Young Talent award was sponsored by the Food and Drink Federation (Scotland), and the organisation’s communications executive, Kirsty Ritchie, paid tribute to Jordan after presenting him with his prize.

She said: “It is important to recognise the young talented people that are working in food and drink – contributing to the future success of the industry.

“FDF Scotland sponsored the Young Talent Award at Scotland Food & Drink’s Excellence Awards in partnership with Skills Development Scotland.

“The standard of applications for this award were extremely high this year, and the judges found it very difficult to pick the three finalists and the winner.”

She said Jordan was a deserved winner and an excellent role models for those considering a career in food and drink

Kirsty added: “Jordan is operations manager at Aldomak, and was recently promoted to operations manager. He is responsible for the sales growth of the company’s network of hospitality, retail and wholesale customers. On top of that he manages the logistics at the site including storing stock, rotation, ordering stock and ensuring the team is fully trained in health and safety.

“Jordan’s keen eye for detail and numbers have helped him in his role, and he has been rewarded with a great deal of responsibility.”