Lidl’s Scottish Gin Festival stocks up on £180,000 of gin

Lidl is launching a new range of artisan gins, as part of its first in-store Scottish Gin Festival, with craft distillers throughout the country benefiting from a combined business deal worth more than £180,000. Six…

Brand refresh and pack redesign for Bunnahabhain

Islay single malt Scotch whisky, Bunnahabhain, has undergone a brand refresh and pack redesign created by Edinburgh-based agency threebrand. Hitting shelves earlier this year, the new design captures the new brand positioning of a ‘captivating journey'…

Sugar Daddy’s

Expansion would be icing on the cake for Edinburgh bakery

Edinburgh’s only fully gluten free bakery, Sugar Daddy’s, is set to expand and is calling out for dietary challenged cake lovers across the city to rise to the occasion. The family run business has seen…

Holyrood Park Distillery

Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery for 90 years completes £5.8m fundraise

Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery for 90 years has successfully completed a £5.8m funding drive to help fund the creation of a new distillery and visitor experience, spanning 11,969 sq ft, in the heart of Scotland’s…

Starbucks Blackburn

Blackburn roundabout Starbucks sold to private client

South Fornet Estates has sold the Starbucks Drive Thru at Westpark, Blackburn to a private client. The coffee giant opened at Blackburn at the end of 2017 and the concept is proving extremely popular - the high profile…

James Watt and Martin Dickie on stage at the recent BrewDog AGM

BrewDog revenue up 55% as 8,000 shareholders attend AGM

Scottish brewery, BrewDog held its ninth annual general meeting last Saturday. The event saw over 65,000 pints of beer served to 8,000 of its loyal Equity Punk investors from around the world who descended on…

(L-R) Grant Rogerson, Avril McLeod, Nicola Brice and John Gregor

ANM Group profitability delivers trading members bonus

ANM Group – one of Scotland’s most active and influential farming, food and finance co-operatives – has reported a trading profit of £572,000, for the year ending 31st December 2017. In addition, the group has announced it…

Alan Dickson

New £150,000 kitchen as part of hotel’s multi-million redevelopment

A 29-year-old Head Chef has been handed his dream task – to design his own purpose-built kitchen from scratch as part of the multi million expansion of Ten Hill Place Hotel. Rising star Alan Dickson –…

The Merchant City Brewing range

Glasgow Brewer wins silver award at SIBA National Independent Beer Awards 2018

Glasgow based Merchant City Brewing Co, which launched only six months ago, has won a top UK award at the SIBA National Independent Beer Awards, which took place at BeerX in Liverpool recently. The brewery…

Chris Niven

Chef Chris Niven to Launch The Scotsman Grand Café & Bar

Scottish chef and Masterchef: The Professionals knockout week finalist Chris Niven has been unveiled as Executive Head Chef of The Scotsman Grand Café & Bar – an new independent dining and drinking venue set to open…

Nicola Sturgeon

Food and drink trade with China increases 150% in ten years

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has hailed the “astonishing” growth in Scotland’s food and drink exports to China – and said that strengthening international trade links are key to promoting inclusive economic growth, social justice and…

Chris Miller

Boost for Scottish craft spirits after JW Filshill International secures Japanese export deals worth £100,000

One of Scotland’s leading exporter of craft beer and spirits is celebrating after signing several deals with Japanese importers while dramatically growing the number of produces with whom it collaborates. Chris Miller, director ofJW Filshill…

Nicola Johnston

Inspired Nights festival to highlight vibrant night time economy

Aberdeen Inspired will spearhead a new festival this spring to highlight the best food and drink Aberdeen has to offer. Following the success of the inaugural Aberdeen Restaurant Week earlier this year, Aberdeen Inspired has…

Grant Gordon and Sue Savege

Cabrach Trust secures £310,000 in funding for distillery and heritage centre

A charitable trust which is building an historical distillery and heritage centre in rural Moray has secured £310,000 in funding to allow preparatory work to get underway. The Cabrach Trust was set up to regenerate…

Nick Nairn in his Aberdeen Cook School

Nick Nairn to close Aberdeen Cook School

Nick Nairn is to close his Cook School in Aberdeen at the end of June but has confirmed that he will remain in the city with his pizza restaurant business, Nick’s Pizza Bar. The Aberdeen…

£250k to promote regional produce

Small grants of around £5,000 each will be made available to promote Scottish produce. Recipients will include local food and drink producers, and regional food and drink networks, who traditionally can find funding difficult to…

(L-R) Amal Gomersall of Citi, Allan McDougall and Karen Baxter of The Argyll Smokery, Jennifer Tankard, CEO of Responsible Finance, and broadcaster Kaye Adams at the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards

Argyll Smokery recognised for sustainability taking top UK accolade

An independent traditional artisan fish smoke house in Argyll which carries out all of its processes by hand has triumphed in a UK wide search to highlight the most sustainable micro-enterprise. The Argyll Smokery, owned and operated by…

The Makar Range

Glasgow Distillery Company secures new distribution deal

The Glasgow Distillery Company has secured a new distribution deal with Halewood Wines & Spirits. The deal will see Halewood, specialists in innovative and artisanal spirits, utilise its extensive national footprint to secure new routes to…

From left - Michel Roux O.B.E & Alain Roux

New Roux restaurant planned for Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel

Alain Roux, Chef Patron of The Waterside Inn, Bray-on-Thames, and his father, Michel Roux, O.B.E., legendary chef and restaurateur, are set to launch an exciting new restaurant in Edinburgh at The Balmoral during May 2018.…

One of the Draft House units in London

BrewDog buys 12 pub estate in London

North East based brewer, BrewDog, has purchased Draft House which comprises of 14 bars across London and the South East. Alongside his role as Managing Director of BrewDog Bars, David McDowall will become Managing Director of…

Amanda Boyle OBE, Chief Executive at Scottish Slimmers

Scottish Slimmers bought by Scottish entrepreneur in six-figure deal

Scottish weight loss and healthy eating brand Scottish Slimmers is under new ownership following a six-figure acquisition by Best You (Wellbeing) Limited and will be headed up by Scottish entrepreneur Amanda Boyle OBE, who has…

Kenny, Alison and Colin Blair of Buzzworks

Buzzworks commits to further growth following £3m deal with HSBC

Scottish hospitality group Buzzworks is set to expand into new venues across Scotland following a £3 million refinancing deal with HSBC, which has supported the creation of 100 new jobs. This follows a successful financial…

Scottish chef, Tom Kitchin, with the Kitchin Group’s first Annual Award for Excellence winners, Sanna Dahllöf and Noah Erhun

Edinburgh’s Kitchin Group announces first University Excellence Award winners

Edinburgh’s Kitchin Group has announced its first two University Excellence Award winners, as part of a new annual scholarship to help boost career prospects for students at Queen Margaret University (QMU). MSc Gastronomy students, Noah…

CGI of new ALDI regional distribution centre

Green light for new £25m ALDI Bathgate distribution centre

ALDI has secured planning permission for a £25 million expansion to its Regional Distribution Centre in Bathgate after plans were approved by West Lothian Council. The plans include a new 196,000 sq ft storage and chill…

NESFDA group winners shot

Eleven businesses crowned winners at the North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards

Eleven businesses from the North East are celebrating after being crowned winners at the regions most prestigious food and drink awards.   The North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards winners were announced last night…