Eden Mill, St Andrews courtesy VisitScotland

Eden Mill in £1.1m ALDI deal

Eden Mill, the St Andrews-based distillery and brewery, has agreed a £1.1m deal to supply ALDI stores in Scotland with a range of bespoke botanical gins and pre-mixed cocktails. Three varieties of Eden Mill’s Botanical…

Iain McClune

Whisky Auctioneer toasts success with funding package leading to more jobs

A Perth based whisky auctioneering website has secured funding from Barclays to drive business growth. The deal has enabled the company to acquire larger premises and increase its workforce in response to a surge in…

Christopher Leigh

Estonian fish processor buys Aberdeen-based John Ross Jr

Aberdeen-based fish processor John Ross Jr has been bought by an Estonia based fish processing giant leading to a cash windfall for founder Andrew Leigh. Smoked salmon specialist John Ross Jr and Coln Valley Smokery…

James Millar

Top Japanese award for North-east whisky expert

A North-east entrepreneur and Robert Gordon University (RGU) visiting lecturer has been named as one of the recipients of a prestigious award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. James Millar, Co-Founder and Executive…

Loch Duart Salmon

Loch Duart Salmon shortlisted for Food and Drink awards

The Hebrides and Sutherland based salmon farming business, Loch Duart, has been shortlisted as Exporter of the Year for the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2017. The UK wide food award, promoted as the industry…

Caroline Thomas (left) and Diane Paterson at Macdonald Norwood Hall

Senior appointments at Macdonald Norwood Hall as hotel targets growth

The Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Diane Paterson as director of sales and Caroline Thomas as standards and training manager to help drive the business forward.…

Peter Bruce

Catering firm Entier secures £6.5m BGF investment for overseas expansion

Aberdeen-based Entier, Scotland’s largest independent privately-owned catering company, is preparing to grab a bigger slice of international markets after securing a £6.5m investment from Business Growth Fund (BFG). The Westhill-based company plans to expand its…

Pickering’s Gin is based on an original Bombay recipe dating from 1947

Pickering’s Gin and Edinburgh Festival Fringe toast 70 years with exclusive bottling

Craft gin distiller Pickering's Gin launched an exclusive bottling with Edinburgh Festival Fringe earlier this week, marking the 70th anniversary of its original Bombay gin recipe and the birth of the fringe festival concept 70…

Peter Cook

Market intelligence driving growth in food and drink businesses

The application of market insights could drive significant growth for food and drink businesses based in North East Scotland, according to private sector economic development body Opportunity North East (ONE). Various types of market intelligence…

Jim Laird

3f bio raises £461k to develop sustainable production of protein

3f bio Ltd, a Scottish company targeting sustainable production of protein, has completed an investment round of £461,000 to enable it to extend development activities, to progress to pilot and industrial scale, and to expand…

(L to R): Craig Younger, General Manager for Sodexo at Hampden Park Stadium & Peter Dallas, Managing Director, Hampden Park Ltd.

Hampden Park named Scottish ‘Sports Venue of the Year’

Hampden Park – Scotland’s National stadium in Glasgow, has picked up a third honour in recognition of its first-class hospitality offering. Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, the stadium’s long-term catering and events partner, collected the…

A Costa Drive Thru

Second Costa Drive Thru announced for Aberdeen

Costa has committed to open their second Drive Thru outlet in Aberdeen at the junction of Abbotswell Road and Wellington Road early in 2018. Costa has committed to a new 15-year lease with developer West…

An idiot’s guide to claiming R&D tax credits

In the current economic climate, it’s still surprising that more businesses don’t explore all of the tax incentives available to help lighten the burden by either reducing tax payable and or if applicable, securing a…

The Lost Distillery Company (TLDC) has extended its award-winning range to include a modern day expression of long lost Campbeltown malt, Dalaruan

Long lost Campbeltown whisky is reborn and wins gold medal

Boutique Scotch whisky producer, The Lost Distillery Company (TLDC) has extended its award-winning range to include a modern day expression of long lost Campbeltown malt, Dalaruan. The new blend has already scooped a Gold medal…

8O8 whisky smashes crowdfunding target and raises over £630,000

New whisky brand 8O8 Whisky has raised 211% over its original £300,000 crowdfunding target since launching the campaign with the final amount standing at £631,932. The 8O8 campaign was the ‘biggest mover’ on Seedrs in…

The Princess Royal meets with Konrad Lysowski and Rudita Vitole at RR. Spink in Arbroath.” Photo Credit: Alan McCredie

Arbroath fishmongers lands Royal endorsement with £3.1m expansion

One of Scotland’s oldest fishing and processing organisations was given the Royal stamp of approval yesterday (Monday 10 July) when the £3.1million expansion of RR Spink & Sons facility in Arbroath was officially opened by…

Blair Athol Mash Tun Bar

Whisky tourism sees record growth at Diageo distilleries

Whisky tourism has enjoyed another boom year with more visitors than ever before making the pilgrimage to Diageo distilleries across Scotland, according to new visitor figures released yesterday (Thursday 6 July). Over the past 12…

Caroline Williams and Stuart Sproat

New Restaurant Manager at Thainstone’s Porterhouse

Porterhouse Steakhouse & Coffee Bar, based at Thainstone Centre, has appointed Caroline Williams as its new Restaurant Manager. An experienced manager in the hospitality industry, Caroline brings a wealth of experience from her previous roles…

GlenWyvis Distillery

GlenWyvis Distillery hits new milestone in £750k raise

A new community-owned Highland distillery has marked its latest construction milestone with the announcement that a new share offer will launch in August. Building on the huge success of the biggest community share offer to…

Holyrood Distillery Team, left to right: David Robertson, Bill Farrar, Jack Mayo, Rob Carpenter, Laura Anderson and Hamish Martin

Holyrood Distillery hires top team of industry experts

Holyrood Distillery has reached another major milestone in its aim of bringing back malt whisky distilling to Edinburgh, with the recruitment of a top team of whisky and drinks industry experts. In a major coup…

Robert Graham

Robert Graham: The bread and butter of Brexit

In the midst of uncertainty and change, Robert Graham of Graham’s the Family Dairy says it’s never been more important than now for Scotland to play to its strengths and think big. Robert Graham of…

Ian Curle, Chief Executive of Edrington

Edrington Group increases profits by 32% to £91m

Edrington, The Scottish producer and distributor of global spirits brands, including The Macallan, The Famous Grouse, Highland Park, Cutty Sark, The Glenrothes, Brugal, and Snow Leopard Vodka, today announces its results for the year ended…

The former McEwens of Perth department store in Inverness city centre

Former McEwens of Perth department store in Inverness to become pub

The former McEwens of Perth department store in Inverness city centre has been sold to a private investor for £490,000. The investor has pre-let the building to Revolution Bars in a back-to-back deal. The purchaser…

Fisher’s Hotel

£2m refurb for iconic Pitlochry hotel

One of Scotland’s most iconic tourist hotels has announced it is undergoing a £2million renovation, transforming Pitlochry’s best known hotel into a luxurious Highland haven. The historic Fisher’s Hotel - which dates back to 1830…

Jay Rayner

Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards 2017 nominations revealed

34 businesses from across the Highlands and Islands are celebrating after being named finalists in the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards 2017. Renowned food critic, journalist and broadcaster, Jay Rayner, will announce the…

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