Iain MacDuff, Product Development Manager at House of MacDuff

Whisky firm achieves world first with unique gin blend

A Renfrew based whisky firm is tapping into the gin market by launching a unique blend which combines what’s believed to be the oldest cask aged gin in the world with a newer spirit gin.…

Martin Leonard

Inver House Distillers posts similar sales to last year at £62.7m

Inver House Distillers Ltd, the Scotch whisky subsidiary of global drinks business International Beverage Holdings Ltd, has reported sales for the year to September 2017 at £62.7 million, a similar level to the prior period. Gross…

Front from left - Andrew Faichney, Director; Malcolm Morrison, Operations Director; Suzanne George, Commercial Director; Nicholas Marston, Chairman

Over £2million raised to launch innovative new snack brand Growers Garden

Four directors and 15 farmers from East of Scotland Growers (ESG) have invested £2Million of their own money to establish Growers Garden, the world’s first extruded snack that uses fresh vegetables. Growers Garden’s innovative products…

Ewan Andrew, Managing Director of the Diageo International Supply Centre and Alan Kennedy, Science and Technology Director of the Diageo International Supply Technical Centre

Diageo invests £6.4m in new technical centre of excellence

Diageo has started work on a new state-of-the-art technical centre of excellence in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, as part of its on-going investment in its business in Scotland. The company has broken ground on the £6.4 million…

James and Louise Rusk

Rusk & Rusk in awards run scooping seven this year

Independent hospitality groups, RUSK & RUSK, is celebrating a run of award wins after scooping its seventh honour of the year. Co-founders James and Louise Rusk have opened  The Butchershop Bar & Grill, Hutcheson’s City…

From left - Keith and Errin Todd of Todd Fish Tech

Scottish Lobster Pod maker plans to land share of $40 billion shellfish market

A Fife family business hopes to double sales to £1m over the next two years as it rolls out a novel shellfish storage system that it believes will revolutionise the fishing industry. Todd Fish Tech,…

From left - James Withers, Fergus Ewing and Allan Bowie

New growth strategy for the fruit, vegetable and potato sector

A group of leading businesses and organisations in Scotland's fruit, vegetable and potato industry have come together for the first time to create an ambitious new growth strategy for the sector. Announced over the weekend, Planting…

John McMullen

Baxters Food Group appoints new European Chief Executive Officer

Baxters Food Group has promoted John McMullen into the role of CEO for its European Strategic Business Unit following his appointment as interim CEO in November 2017. With 25 years’ experience in the food and drink…

From left - Sheena Ross, business advisory director at Johnston Carmichael’s Fraserburgh office is pictured with Robert Chapman, MD of Farmlay at the company’s site in Fraserburgh

Agribusinesses ‘optimistic’ but not prepared for the future

Almost half of landowners and tenant farmers across Scotland’s diverse agricultural sector are feeling positive about the next 12 months, but many agribusinesses are failing to secure their succession, according to a survey by Johnston Carmichael.…

The judges for the 2018 Scottish Gin awards

Finalists Revealed in 2nd Annual Scottish Gin Awards

The finalists in the second annual Scottish Gin Awards (link opens in a new window) have been announced with 46 producers and 80 gins progressing to the final stage of the national competition which celebrates…

Turnover at Tomatin increases 25% to £18 million

Turnover at Highland Scotch whisky distillery, Tomatin, located in the village of Tomatin near Inverness, has increased by almost 25% during the company’s most recent financial year. In the financial results released today, which covers the…

Simon Erlanger, managing director of Harris Distillers

Community – don’t fake it to make it: High Growth Scotland with Kim McAllister

Have you been trying to build a community around your brand? I feel like it’s the key marketing goal right now. I certainly promote the practice to my clients. It’s much more than building a…

James Withers

Food showcase expected to create millions in sales

Scottish Food and drink companies are forecasting huge additional sales over the next three years, as a direct result of attending last year’s Showcasing Scotland event at Gleneagles. The networking event brought together around 150…

Pickering's Gin & Seafood Bar

Pickering’s Gin to open the first gin bar in Beijing

Pickering’s Gin will open the first ever dedicated gin bar in Beijing on Saturday July 21, 2018. A brand-new venue to the popular Chaoyang District of Beijing, the Pickering’s Gin and Seafood Bar will showcase…

Thomas Moradpour

Moët Hennessy appoints new President and CEO of The Glenmorangie Company

Moët Hennessy has appointed Thomas Moradpour as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Glenmorangie Company, effective the 15th of August 2018. Thomas Moradpour, currently International Marketing Director at Hennessy, is taking over from Marc Hoellinger,…

(L-R) Liam Hughes, Mike Hayward and Ian McDougall, co-founders of The Glasgow Distillery Company

Sell-out success and £6m investment for Glasgow Distillery

The Glasgow Distillery Company, the first independent single malt distillery to open in the city since 1902, has sold out of its first ever single-malt whisky release after phenomenally high demand. The release has sparked…

Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2018 winners revealed

26 winners are celebrating after being selected from over 275 entries and announced as recipients of a Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Award 2018. The annual awards, hosted by chef and TV Personality Simon Rimmer,…

Fergus Ewing

£250,000 boost for regional food and drink sector

Applications are now being accepted for grants of up to £5,000, as part of a new initiative to help drive projects that celebrate and promote locally sourced and produced food and drink. A total of…

From left - Martin Dickie and James Watt

BrewDog opens latest American round of equity crowdfunding initiative with £7.5 million target

Independent Scottish brewer, BrewDog, has opened the latest American round of its record-breaking equity crowdfunding initiative: Equity for Punks. With a goal of raising $10 million (£7.5 million), the brewer made the announcement by parachuting…

Dagmar Droogsma

Scotch Whisky Association appoints new Industry Director

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed Dagmar Droogsma as Director of Industry. Dagmar, who most recently has been head of DEFRA’s unit responsible for EU Strategy and Negotiations, has held several senior roles in the Civil…

James Ogg, Director, Ola Oils

Ola Oils celebrates a decade in business with relaunch

A family business is marking its tenth year of operations by re-launching its award-winning oils. Ola Oils, based at Westfield Farms in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, has been producing cold pressed rapeseed oil as a healthy, home-grown…

Tattu Leeds

Chris Stewart Group brings Tattu to Edinburgh

Property investor, developer and operator, Chris Stewart Group (CSG) has secured the award-winning, contemporary Chinese restaurant, Tattu, as the newest tenant for its £85m regeneration project in Edinburgh’s city centre. Tattu has agreed a 20…

Edinburgh’s Bon Vivant group secures £1m finance deal

Edinburgh’s Bon Vivant group, which owns and operates bars and restaurants across the city, as well as a wine, beer and spirit shop, has secured a finance deal of almost £1 million from Allied Irish…

Paul Blackler, Isatou Njai and Sir Richard Branson

Drink Baotic Celebrate with Sir Richard Branson

It’s been a productive few weeks for Drink Baotic as part of their recent launch as they met with Sir Richard Branson to celebrate their Virgin Media Voom Tour Win from November 2017. Baotic is a dairy free, high…

Lochboisdale

£10m plan to create new community owned distillery in Hebrides

Residents of the Hebridean islands of South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula will get a taste of “whisky galore” if plans to create a new distillery in Lochboisdale come to fruition.   Stòras Uibhist, the community…