Food & drink round-up

Food & drink round-up

A round-up of food & drink news from across Scotland...

Chivas Brothers expands graduate scheme

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business, has announced it will expand its international graduate programme. The programme, now its third year, gives graduates a start in an international career, with the opportunity to be posted to anywhere in world, from North and South America to Europe, Africa and Asia.

During the two-year programme, graduates work as brand ambassadors for some of the world’s most recognisable spirit brands including Chivas Regal, The Glenlivet, Ballantine’s and Beefeater. The next cohort’s training will begin in August 2017, with the graduates working as brand ambassadors from September 2017.


Scottish company sells oil to the Middle East

Midlothian-based Supernature Oils has secured a listing for its cold pressed rapeseed oil products to be sold in SPINNEYS, one of the Middle East’s leading retailers.

The Midlothian-based company now has its White and Black truffle oils, as well as its gift packs, on the shelves in SPINNEYS in Dubai.

Scottish cold pressed rapeseed oil is also now growing its reputation worldwide as a high-quality alternative to olive oil, with Scottish producers now exporting to several countries. Sales of cold-pressed rapeseed oil in Scotland have grown by 18% in the past year, with 33,000 shoppers buying the product for the first time.


Trout farming company hails success of local tasting event

Around 40 residents from Oban and around Loch Etive have enjoyed a free tasting event to sample a range of food made from locally farmed trout produced by fish farming company, Dawnfresh.

The event showcased hot and cold trout products, which had been prepared onsite by a Dawnfresh chef.

Dawnfresh is Scotland’s largest trout supplier, selling to major UK retailers across the globe, promoting the quality of Loch Etive farmed fish worldwide. Stewart Hawthorn, farming director at Dawnfresh said: “It was fantastic to see so many people take time out of their evening to come and sample some of the products made from fresh fish produced right on their doorstep on Loch Etive.”


Scottish brewery in expansion deal

Livingston-based Alechemy Brewing Co. Ltd has signed a share deal with Glasgow’s Catalyst Drinks, to combine their expertise.

The six-figure deal will see Alechemy moving to bigger premises in Livingston, measuring 6,500 square foot, twice the size of its current space. The move to the Alba Campus early next year means the company will be able to can and bottle its own beers on-site, expand production of keg and cask beers, and create extra jobs.


Scottish smoked fish producer lands Sainsbury's deal

Fishmonger RR. Spink & Sons is moving into supermarkets for the first time following a £60K deal with J Sainsbury’s in Scotland.   

Currently available in high end food halls and luxury delis, the new listing with Sainsbury’s will see the firm’s hot smoked salmon and hot smoked rainbow trout products hit 30 stores nationwide across Scotland.   

Danny Cairney, sales manager at RR. Spink & Sons said: “We are delighted to see our Hot Smoked Salmon and Rainbow Trout products in Sainsbury’s stores across Scotland. RR. Spink & Sons has over 300 years of experience in crafting smoked fish and we believe in using the highest quality of sustainable Scottish salmon and trout in all our products.” 


Malt facility now operational on Arran. 

Arran Brewery’s new Scottish malt handling facility is now up and running on the Island of Arran. 

Capable of handling 66 tons of Scottish malt, the storage and milling equipment is now online, with a new bottling line nearing its speed trail phase of commissioning with an ability to bottle 1000 bottles an hour of Arran Beers. 

As the first phase of the upgrade on Arran ends, the second stage will begin seeing a further estimated £200,000 investment in fermentation tanks.  These upgrades mean Arran can produce more beer without compromising the quality.


Porters’ proves popular

Porters’ Gin, which was created in Aberdeen in 2015, is celebrating success after doubling projected figures and scaling up production five-fold.

Within the last 12 months, the company has seen rapid sales growth, and has already been successfully exported to Malaysia, Singapore and Amsterdam.

Co-owner Ben Iravani said: “We were the first gin to launch in Aberdeen in over 100 years, and it’s great to see others follow foot over the past 11 months. With our production line greater than ever, and demand increasing for Christmas sales, our first year in business is looking to end on a very positive note.”


Lidl expands Scottish range

Lidl has extended its range of Scottish products with Scottish Gourmetand William Sword Ltd, who will provide products for its new McKinlay’s range of ready meals. The new deals are worth more than £750,000 to Scottish Gourmet and more than £250,000 to William Sword Ltd.

The products from both companies are all made in Scotland using Scottish ingredients and will be sold across all of Lidl’s 92 Scottish stores.

This adds to the increasing range of Scottish products at Lidl with the supermarket having significantly added to its Scottish supplier base in the last six months.