Aberdeenshire company hits Europe

Jennifer Brodie

Aberdeenshire company hits Europe

Banchory-based REMIN Ltd has secured two new distribution deals that will see its organically approved volcanic rock dust enrich the soils of Denmark and Sweden.

The deals increase the number of European countries already importing the natural, nutrient rich soil enhancer to seven, with discussions now underway with potential distributors in Norway and Portugal.

Owner Jennifer Brodie has also secured further deals within the farming sector, transporting over 1120 tonnes of product to dairy, arable and livestock farmers all over the UK in recent months.

Jennifer is using support from Business Gateway Aberdeen City & Shire’s Business Boost scheme for existing businesses, to grow her enterprise.

She said: “This year has been tremendous for the company. Word is spreading about the benefits of our volcanic rock dust, which contains the full range of minerals and trace elements required for healthy and fertile soil and compost. When farmers, hobbyists, allotment and commercial gardeners start to use REMIN they see the benefits over time, reporting increased yield, health and vigour, flavour, colour and a significant reduction in pests and diseases of their crops.”

Alison West, adviser at Business Gateway Aberdeen City & Shire, said: “Over the years, Jennifer has used our advice to lay down a firm foundation for her business. Now, thanks to Business Boost, which is funded through the European Regional Development Fund, we are working to help her increase turnover by a minimum £100k over the next three years. Through the scheme she will benefit from a strategy workshop and sales and marketing advice that will help her reach that target.”

Having worked for an environmental services company for 10 years, Jennifer successfully applied for a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship in 2003 that allowed her to travel around Europe to research waste management.

On completion of her fellowship she won the Pol Roger Award for most outstanding fellowship of the year, which then led the former member of the SEPA North Board to set up her own business development consultancy. Three months later she came across volcanic rock dust and its benefits which ultimately led to the creation of REMIN.

Jennifer added: “My ultimate aim is to make REMIN a global brand, renowned throughout the gardening, horticultural and farming markets for the natural health benefits it brings to our soils, plants, and diets - and ultimately even the world.”