Martin Leonard, Managing Director of Inver House Distillers

Interview: Martin Leonard, Managing Director of Inver House Distillers

Can you tell me about your background in the industry? I spent ten years working at United Distillers (now Diageo), initially as a research scientist and then in operations and procurement, which gave me a…

From left - Michelle Rolfe and Lesley Garden

‘Lost in Food’ makes final of national blogging awards

Inverurie based food blogging duo, Lesley Garden and Michelle Rolfe have been announced as a finalist in the prestigious 2018 Brilliance in Blogging Awards (The BiBs) in the Food Category. Their blog, ‘LOST IN FOOD’…

Fierce Brewery makes beer for Lidl’s Isle of Ale Festival

Lidl has teamed up with Aberdeen's Fierce Brewery to create a bespoke beer, to be sold exclusively in can format to Lidl customers during their next in-store Isle of Ale Festival promotion. The new beer,…

(L-R): James Hughes, Head of Brand at Brewgooder; Scott MacDonald, Commercial Director at Brewgooder; Henry Leonard, Business Development Manager at Brewgooder

Brewgooder secures biggest ever listing deal

Scottish beer brand Brewgooder has secured a new UK listing with Tesco that will significantly advance its mission to bring clean water access to one million people. Representing its biggest ever listing deal to date,…

Eileen Blackburn, head of Restructuring and Debt Advisory at French Duncan LLP

Scottish restaurant failures quadruple in ten years

The number of restaurants in Scotland going bust has almost quadrupled over the last decade according to new analysis of the sector by accountants and business advisers French Duncan. The firm has analysed official Insolvency…

A typical Bob & Berts interior

Coffee and food shop Bob & Berts is full of beans with entry into Scotland

Bob & Berts, the Northern Irish coffee and food shop, has selected Falkirk, Dunfermline and Stirling as its first Scottish locations, creating 30 jobs as it steams ahead with its expansion, fuelled by BGF.  The…

Dale and Vicky McQueen

Scottish Gin distiller announces business growth of over 280%

Callander based distiller, McQueen Gin has experienced a surge in business turnover of 280% following successful product listings in three major retailers this year. Off the back of this success, the decision has been taken…

From left - Jamie Scott and Neil Glover

New coffee shop and roaster opens in Aberdeen

A new coffee shop and roaster has opened its doors in Aberdeen. Figment, located on Countesswells Road in the city’s West End, is the brainchild of local businessman, Neil Glover, who has combined his love…

Organic Artisan Vegan cheesemaker seeks global expansion following move

Riverside Inverclyde (Ri), the organisation delivering the economic redevelopment of Inverclyde in the west of Scotland, has seen a further new tenant take up the opportunity to expand and prosper at its Kelburn Business Park…

Do you know how much tax there is on a bottle of whisky?

Nearly three in four Scots (71 percent) believe tax on Scotch Whisky in the UK should be at least as competitive as European taxes on flagship food and drink products, according to a Survation poll…

Fuelling the economy: career change pays off for Festival foodies

From jams to jalapenos, cheese to chocolate, cottage industries and kitchen table firms are big business. According to a new report by entrepreneur organisation, Enterprise Nation, and Direct Line for Business, these home-based businesses now…

£3m investment from Scottish Sea Farms to create new jobs in Orkney

Scottish Sea Farms invests £3m in new farm

Scottish Sea Farms has been granted approval for a new £3m salmon farm off Lober Rock close to St. Margaret’s Hope in the Scapa Flow which will create new jobs. The new salmon farm, which is…

James Withers

New £1 billion plan to increase food and drink tourism

A new plan to develop food and drink tourism in Scotland will aim to deliver an additional £1 billion to Scotland’s economy by 2030. The industry-led Food Tourism Scotland Action Plan, launched by the industry and First…

Scottish agritech business unveils first vertical indoor facility

Intelligent Growth Solutions Ltd (IGS), the Scottish-based agritech business, has unveiled its first indoor vertical farming demonstration facility. Based at the James Hutton Institute, Perthshire, it is arguably the world’s most technically advanced indoor farm. …

Brewdog's Ellon brewery

BrewDog revenue up 55% to £78 million to make it the 13th biggest beer brand in the UK

Ellon-based brewer, BrewDog, has shown substantial growth across all areas of its domestic and international business. Total revenue is at £78 million, up by 55% versus this time last year. Revenue of the brewery’s bar…

(L-R): Andrew Bowman (Head of Business Investment - Ri), Craig Strachan (Co-Founder - SUDL), Hannah Fisher (Co-Founder SUDL) and Gerry McCarthy (Chair - Ri)

The Start-Up Drinks Lab moves to Kelburn Business Park development

The Start-Up Drinks Lab has moved to the Kelburn Business Park development in Port Glasgow which is run by Riverside Inverclyde (Ri), the organisation delivering the economic redevelopment of Inverclyde in the west of Scotland. A…

BrewDog opens the doors to the world’s first beer hotel

BrewDog has opened its craft beer hotel, the DogHouse, on the site of its US brewery in Columbus, Ohio. The DogHouse is the world’s first hotel to offer guests a night’s stay inside a brewery.…

Tim Butler and Phil Mackey of St Andrews Brewing Co. outside Dundee’s Caird Hall

St Andrews Brewing Co. Raises Over £600k in Crowdfunding Campaign

Fife brewery St Andrews Brewing Co. exceeded its crowdfunding target of £400k yesterday raising a total of £646,100. Releasing 7.93% equity to 754 investors, the company plans to increase beer production to meet export demand and supply their…

Highland & Islands businesses celebrating as finalists revealed for Food & Drink Awards

44 top food and drink businesses have been named in this year’s shortlist for the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards 2018. Amongst the finalists, a number of influential young people have been picked…

Jack Richardson

Healthy vending firm appoints new Commercial Sales Manager

Corporate snack business Healthy Nibbles has named former Vegware executive Jack Richardson as its commercial sales manager. Richardson joins the Edinburgh-based company to take responsibility for the commercial team, ensuring both the business and clients…

Connage Highland Dairy wins at International Cheese Awards in Nantwich

Connage Highland Dairy has won accolades in three different categories at the International Cheese Awards which took place on the 24th and 25th of July and featured cheeses and cheese makers from 26 countries around the world. Known for…

Event – North East Alcohol Think-in (NEAT)

The hospitality industry across the North East is experiencing significant challenges from legislative changes to cost pressures and efficiency drives. To address these challenges, Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP has partnered with TLT LLP and…

Edinburgh Innovation Park

City Deal agreement signals green light for Edinburgh Innovation Park

Queen Margaret University and East Lothian Council have welcomed the confirmation of funding of £600 million from the UK and Scottish Governments, which, when taken together with contributions from partners, will result in an investment…

Back row – Belinda Miller, Head of Economic Development & Protective Services, Aberdeenshire Council; Nick Smalley, Teasmith Spirits; Emma Smalley, Teasmith Spirits; Laurel Foreman, Wark Farm; Susan Yule, Hungry Squirrel; Pat Machray, Chair of ONE Food Drink and Agri; Grant Henderson, six degrees north, Rupert Holden, Kincardine Castle; Peter Dignan, Lost Loch Distillery; Alasdair Ross, Kincardine Castle. Front row – Jane MacLeod, ONE; Becky Groat, Devenick Dairy; Jennifer Craw, ONE; Angela Wiseman, Granny Bakes; Angus Willis, Forest Farm.

Aberdeen/shire business growth programme catalyses growth in ambitious food and drink producers

Food and drink producers from across North East Scotland have secured contracts with national distributors, scaled up production, diversified product ranges, and accelerated their growth plans through their participation in the bespoke business growth programme…

An artist impression of the new restaurant on Victoria Street

New £3 million ‘fish and chips’ restaurant planned for Edinburgh

A new 11,000 sq.ft, £3 million, 'fish and chips' restaurant is to open on Victoria Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town. The 11,000 sq.ft restaurant developed by the Vittoria group will seat 270 covers and will aim to…