NE businessman says no thanks to Dragon’s Den offer

An Aberdeen businessman said ‘thanks but no thanks’ to an £80,000 investment from the most high-profile investors around and has instead turned to crowdfunding. Stuart Ingram was invited down to pitch his business, which encompasses the…

Ardbeg Pier

Ardbeg looks to the future with multi-million pound investment

Islay single malt whisky, Ardbeg, is planning a new still house, funded by a multi-million-pound investment from The Glenmorangie Company. Subject to planning approval, the Distillery aims to start work this year, for completion in 2019.…

Mark Fraser and Michael Spink

Chop House to open in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield

The latest addition to the Chop House family will open this March in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield neighbourhood. Chop House launched in 2015 with a focus on cooking over open coal and currently operates two restaurants in…

Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group, and Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive, The R&A

Loch Lomond Whiskies agrees partnership with The Open

Award-winning independent Scotch whisky distiller, Loch Lomond Group, has agreed a prestigious, five-year partnership with The Open, golf’s original championship for its Loch Lomond Whiskies brand.  The partnership with The R&A includes support of the Ricoh…

Ian Laird

Loch Duart Salmon brings Scottish luxury goods chief on board

Loch Duart, the independent salmon farming company based in Sutherland and the Hebrides, has appointed Ian Laird to its Board as a Non-Executive Director. Ian is Managing Director of Ayrshire-based Alex Begg, a leader in…

David Archer

Deal provides sweet smell of success for Fife business

A Kirkcaldy business has seen its turnover increase by 24% to £4.3m after securing a deal to supply pre-filled popcorn tubs to 235 Asda stores. Sephra Europe, which has been helped by Business Gateway Fife…

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Orkney Distilling appoints new head of production

Orkney Distilling, the firm behind Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin, has appointed a head of production for its new Kirkwall distillery, set to open later this year. Louis Wright, originally from Kirkwall, is currently undergoing full training…

Nico Simeone

‘Six by Nico’ to Open in Edinburgh

Scottish-Italian chef, Nico Simeone, is set to introduce his latest dining concept to Edinburgh this April when he opens 'Six by Nico' on Hanover Street. 'Six by Nico' in Edinburgh will be the third addition…

Fergus Ewing

Salmon and whisky exports at record highs

Scotch whisky and salmon exports continue to grow at record levels, new figures for 2017 have shown. In 2017, Scotch whisky exports from the UK were valued at £4.36 billion, up 9% (£356.3 million) compared…

Rachel Mirfattahi

Rachel Mirfattahi: Seaweed, rapeseed oil and Honey Berries in the Scottish food mix for 2018

Here in Scotland we have a wonderful larder and could go through the day enjoying the crème de la crème; from porridge with berries and heather honey, to salmon or trout with seasonal vegetables, and venison or beef…

L-R Hannah Dobson (SF&D), Prof Alan Wolstenholme (SCDA Chair), Liam Hughes (Glasgow Distillery and SCDA Vice-Chair)

Spirits Soaring As New Collaboration Distils The Best Of Scotland

The Scottish Craft Distillers Association (SCDA) and Scotland Food & Drink have joined forces to form a new alliance signifying the growth potential of the Scottish distilling sector, and reflecting a commitment to protect the…

Scott Landsburgh, Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) chief executive

Scottish salmon exports up 35% to £600m

New figures released by HMRC show the highest ever value for Scottish salmon exports. The exports during 2017 were valued at £600m, up 35% compared to 2016. Export tonnage of salmon also increased during 2017…

Baker Street Food & Drink Enterprises

Inverclyde’s pioneering food and drink incubator receives planning consent

Riverside Inverclyde (ri) Property Holdings, the organisation charged with delivering the economic redevelopment of  Inverclyde in the west of Scotland, has been given planning permission by Inverclyde Council for a new food and drink incubator…

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Three Scottish butchers make the cut at top national awards

Three Scottish butchers are celebrating after winning prestigious Diamond Awards in the UK’s most prestigious competition for craft butchery products – The Smithfield Awards. The event, which is held annually by the Q Guild of Butchers recognises…

Jamie Hutcheon of Cocoa Ooze

Scottish Chocolatier Network conference to unwrap sweet innovations

The Scottish Chocolatier Network will host the sweetest new conference of the year at Abertay University. Held in the University’s Hannah Maclure centre on February 27, the event will run from 10.45am to 3.30pm, attracting chocolate lovers…

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Eden Mill submits plans for new £4m distillery and brewery in Fife

Eden Mill has unveiled ambitious plans to create a new distillery and brewery just metres from its current headquarters in Fife. The £4million expansion project in Guardbridge will see historic former paper mill buildings refurbished…

left to right David Keir, Colette Savage and Ally Stevenson

GlenAllachie unveils sales team and confirms first overseas orders

The GlenAllachie Distillers Company, the Speyside venture launched by a consortium led by whisky industry veteran Billy Walker, has made a raft of senior appointments to its sales team, taking the business’s headcount to 14…

The Silver Darling

The Silver Darling opens after major renovation

An iconic North-east restaurant has officially opened its doors following a significant refurbishment. The Silver Darling, which is based in Fittie, has reopened following a major renovation that has transformed the restaurant with contemporary stylish…

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said: “BrewDog’s choice of Brisbane over other interstate locations to open its first brewery outside of the UK and the US is a vote of confidence in our state from one of the world’s most successful independent breweries.” James Watt, BrewDog cofounder said: “Australians are some of the most passionate and informed beer drinkers on the planet. The encouragement I received from the craft beer movement during my last visit in the country blew me away. I’m glad our Australian fans at home and in the diaspora were relentless in pushing for a brewery, and I look forward to sharing my first can of Aussie brewed Punk IPA with them!”

BrewDog to build new brewery in Australia

Scottish brewer, BrewDog, is to open a state-of-the-art Australian brewery and HQ on the river in Brisbane’s Murarrie area. Following numerous scouting trips, meetings and feasibility studies, BrewDog settled on the Queensland capital as the…

From left - Mark Steven and Shaun Marwaha

Scotfresh appoints new managing director

Convenience store chain Scotfresh has appointed industry professional Mark Steven as its new managing director to lead the  retailer as it moves into the next phase of growth. Steven brings a wealth of retail and wholesale…

Kecia McDougall

Craft distiller set to bring Scotland’s first eau de vie to market

A new micro distillery has opened its doors in Tayport, Fife, using locally sourced fruit and grain to produce Scotland’s first field to glass version of France’s famous eau de vie. Tay Spirit’s Never.25 infuses…

Craig Somers

Homecoming for local chef who returns to iconic restaurant

The Silver Darling, which was acquired by independent hospitality business, The McGinty’s Group at the end of September 2017, has reopened following a significant refurbishment which will transform the restaurant with stylish interiors and a…

Dee Gin

Twin River Distillery Launched Exclusive River Dee Gin

Twin River Distillery will officially launch its exclusive ‘Dee Gin’ at the opening ceremony of the 2018 fishing season on the River Dee today, February 1st 2018. Dee Gin was developed as part of the River…

Julie Hesketh-Laird

New Chief Executive announced for Scottish Salmon body

Julie Hesketh-Laird is to take over as Chief Executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) following the retirement of Scott Landsburgh, who has held the position for nearly 10 years. Ms Hesketh-Laird was most…

Mackie’s of Scotland senior management team

Mackie’s of Scotland shows strong growth in Asian Market

Scottish ice cream firm Mackie’s of Scotland has seen a surge in exports and is on track to record major growth in the Asian market in 2018. Building primarily on past success in Taiwan and Korea,…