The couple behind an organic, family-run farm in Aberdeenshire, rora dairy, are celebrating after its Greek-Style yogurt was the only yogurt to be awarded top marks at this year’s ‘Great Taste Awards’.

Rora, which produces a range of yogurts made with organic milk was one of only 15 businesses in Scotland to be acknowledged with a 3-star rating.  Alongside its 3-star Greek-Style yogurt, rora’s natural live yogurt was awarded one star in these prestigious and long-standing awards, recognising it as “a food that delivers fantastic flavour”.

Established in 1994, Great Taste is organised by the Guild of Fine Food and is the world’s largest, longest standing and most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. This year 14,113 different products were entered into 2021 awards from 108 countries. More than 350 judges blind-tasted this year’s entries, including food writers like Joanna Blythman, Xanthe Clay, Anna Jones and Olia Hercules; MasterChef 2018 champion and restaurateur, Kenny Tutt; presenter, author and tutor, Steven Lamb; and baker and author, Martha Collison.

The 3-star-award means that rora dairy’s yogurt has been deemed an “extraordinarily tasty” food by the judges. 5,383 products worldwide were awarded stars but less than 2% were awarded 3 stars.

The judges were blown away by rora’s Greek-Style yogurt, with one stating it was “difficult to stop at one spoonful”, while applauding its “creamy texture and perfect acidity level”. Another said that “the highly glossy yogurt evidences quality and elegance; a full creamy flavour and mouthfeel are preceded by a clean, lactic almost slightly citric nose.”

Owned by Jane Mackie and her husband Bruce, rora dairy produces a range of pure Scottish yogurts on their farm in Aberdeenshire. The process of making Greek style yogurt in small batches takes time and patience. Organic milk from the farm’s free roaming, grass-fed cows is blended with live culture, no additional additives and over a period of time the whey is gently released until it is strained to the right consistency. This process helps turn it into a delicious, creamy live yogurt that’s great for gut health.

Jane Mackie said:

“After what has been a difficult year for all businesses and industries, we are absolutely thrilled that our yogurt has been awarded 3 stars. To be the only yogurt to achieve this amongst a global line-up of thousands of the best producers is simply surreal”.

“At rora, we dedicate considerable time and patience to our yogurts so to be recognised globally for all the work we have put in is an incredible feeling.”.

For more information about rora dairy, please visit:

The yogurts are available in 490g (RRP £2.25) and 150g (RRP £1.00) pots from Sainsburys and Morrisons across Scotland, and independent retailers across the UK.

Middleton of Rora, Longside, Peterhead, AB42 4US

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Press contacts for rora dairy:  Emma McVeigh or Zoe Dunnett at Sound Bite PR, email / or call Emma on 07515 757864 and Zoe 07846 847423.

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rora dairy produces a range of pure Scottish yogurts on their organic family farm in Aberdeenshire. It was established in 2017 by Jane Mackie and her husband Bruce.  The yogurts are made with organic milk and live culture in small batches, without the addition of unnecessary sugar or additives. They use a range of Scottish fruits to flavour the yogurts, reducing the company’s carbon footprint. All of the milk used in the yogurts is from the farm’s free-roaming, grass-fed cows. Sustainability is at the heart of the brand with the development of new woodland areas and the use of wind and solar power.

rora offers seven different flavours of live yogurts, ranging from its award-winning Natural Live Yogurt to Scottish Strawberry and Scottish Honey, using produce sourced from Scottish farms/suppliers.

Great Taste Awards:

355 judges blind-tasted this year’s entries, including; Joanna Blythman, investigative journalist and food writer, cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking, Anna Jones, author, Olia Hercules, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion and restaurateur, food writer and cook, Xanthe Clay, presenter, author and tutor, Steven Lamb, baker and author, Martha Collison, and Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Partridges.

· Socially distanced judging took place over 86 days at four venues including Guild HQ in Gillingham, Dorset and the Guild of Fine Food’s London home, No. 42 Southwark Street, SE1

· 4,027 awarded a Great Taste 1-star – A food that delivers fantastic flavour. Approximately 30% of entries will achieve this rating each year

· 1,138 awarded a Great Taste 2-star – Above and beyond delicious – less than 10% of entries will achieve this rating

· 218 awarded a Great Taste 3-star – Extraordinarily tasty foods – less than 2% of products are awarded a 3-star each year – don’t leave the shop without buying it!