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…

Dario Riccomini

Founders Series – Dario Riccomini, Managing Director of Aldomak

SBNN Founders series is sponsored by SureVoIP – A SaaS provider of business grade VoIP and business phone services   Although he is not technically the founder of confectionery company Aldomak, Managing Director Dario Riccomini was a crucial…

Sara Roberts, founder and CEO of Healthy Nibbles

Healthy Nibbles secures six-figure investment as it looks to launch own brand products

Corporate snack business, Healthy Nibbles, has secured a £100,000 equity investment to expand in the booming healthy snacks market. Healthy Nibbles, a healthy vending and subscription snack service for companies looking to place wellness as…

Emma & Nick Smalley

Double award win for Scottish premium gin

An Aberdeenshire husband and wife have won two awards in a world-renowned wine and spirit competition, for their premium gin inspired by Aberdeenshire’s rich history and links to the tea trade. The Teasmith Gin, created…

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

St Andrews Brewing Co. exceeds £400k crowdfunding target

Fife brewery St Andrews Brewing Co. has exceeded its crowdfunding target of £400k and is continuing to accept investment to increase beer production to meet export demand and supply their growing estate of bars. Owner Tim…

How Meatsnacks introduced a new product to the market

Meatsnacks Group is the story of four entrepreneurs who shared a vision of creating great tasting healthy snacks, and a passion for home-grown quality produce.  They joined forces to become the UK’s largest manufacturer for…

Nick Nairn

Nick Nairn closes Aberdeen Pizza Bar for commercial reasons

Scottish chef Nick Nairn is to close his pizza restaurant business in Aberdeen because it is no longer commercially viable. Nick’s Pizza Bar, which launched in Aberdeen in December 2016, will close with immediate effect, as…

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…