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…

From left - Peter Sim and Callum Sim

New Aberdeenshire gin launched to add to NE collection

Aberdeen-based Raven Spirits Ltd. has launched a new premium gin, adding to the rich variety of Aberdeenshire’s small batch gins. Raven Gin has been created by North-East brothers, Callum and Peter Sim. The company will…

Whisky continues to grow export figures to reach £4.37bn in 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has released an analysis of the industry’s 2017 export performance that indicates the UK trade deficit would be almost 3% greater without Scotland’s national drink. Earlier this year, it was…

CGI preview of the building

£7million distillery to open in Edinburgh next year

John Crabbie & Co is to build a new single malt whisky distillery in Leith, Edinburgh, reviving one of the most famous brand names in Scotch whisky. Crabbie parent company, Halewood Wines & Spirits plans…

Speyside Distillers toasting their Board of Trade Award with a wee dram (back left to right) chairman John McDonagh Snr, managing director Patricia Dillion, CEO John Harvey McDonagh and (front) artist in residence Joanna McDonagh.

Speyside Distillers receives Department for International Trade Board of Trade Award in recognition of export success

Spirit producer Speyside Distillers has been recognised by the Department for International Trade for its rapid growth in international markets. The firm, which operates Speyside Distillery in the Scottish Highlands, has received a UK Board…

Fergus Moore

Revive to recycle all coffee grounds from Glasgow Coffee Festival

On top of being the first coffee festival in the UK to ban disposable cups, the Glasgow Coffee Festival will see all of the used coffee grounds being created at the festival collected and recycled…

(L-R) - Robbie Moult, Freshmex, Iain Landsman, CBRE and Calum Wright, Freshmex

FreshMex secures first permanent restaurant unit

FreshMex, the Tex-Mex street-food outfit which began life trading as a pop-up food stall at local farmers markets and fayres in 2015, has signed a five year lease on its first permanent standalone unit where…

Gerry McFall

Scotch Whisky Association bolsters senior leadership team

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointment Gerry McFall as Director of Strategy and Communication. McFall brings with him a wealth of experience that will be crucial in continuing to build on a solid year…