Macdonald Hotels puts local produce on the menu at ‘meet the buyers’ events

Macdonald Hotels has renewed its commitment to using local ingredients by hosting around 40 Scottish producers at two “meet the buyers” events. Run over two...

Could you supply Aldi’s next top product?

Aldi’s search for Scotland’s Next Top Product has returned for a second year following its 2015 debut. The search will help Aldi uncover new and...

Double Gold success for Arbikie in Luxury Spirits Masters

Arbikie Highland Estate has been awarded a gold medal for both its vodka and gin at The Luxury Spirits Masters 2016 - the only...

New Dyce pub restaurant set to creat 90 jobs

A new pub restaurant near Aberdeen Airport is set to create 90 new jobs when it opens in October. Dyce Farm, a Farmhouse Inns pub,...

Macsween wins regional growth business award for Scotland at FDF Awards

Macsween of Edinburgh has won the Regional Growth Business Award for Scotland at the Food and Drink Federation Awards. The ceremony, held recently at London’s...

Deeside Brewery brews up supermarket success

Deeside Brewery, an independent award-winning craft beer producer, is toasting a string of successful contract wins. The craft brewery, based in Banchory, has secured its...

Go ahead given for £8m Ardnahoe distillery on Islay

Hunter Laing & Co. has been given the green light from Argyll and Bute Council to build a new malt whisky distillery on Islay. The...
Jayne Carmichael Norrie

Jayne Carmichael Norrie - The Gin Room Scotland: From an Idea to an Award...

I am a self-employed Singing Teacher, so perhaps I am not the most obvious choice when selecting someone to develop a new business concept...

Ten Glasgow food shops in running for best independent prize

Ten Glasgow based food shops are in the running for Glasgow’s Best Independent Food Shop as the shortlist is revealed. The BBC Good Food Show...

Two senior appointments at Deeside Brewery

Deeside Brewery has made two senior management appointments with Steve Crossland joining as managing director and George Wotherspoon as development director. The key appointments are...

Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards finalists announced

The diversity of the north east’s tourism industry and the strength of the role it plays across the region has been highlighted in the...

Angus & Oink Launches Guerrilla Brewing

Barbecue company, Angus & Oink has introduced three small batch beers to its product repertoire under the micro brand, Guerrilla Brewing. The firm, which already...

Finalist success for Aberdeen cocktail bar

An Aberdeen cocktail bar and its general manager have been named as finalists for three top industry awards. Orchid Aberdeen, which was established in 2009...

Scottish Food and Drink celebrates innovation at parliament reception

Over 100 people gathered at the Scottish Food and Drink Federation’s (SFDF) reception at the Scottish Parliament last night to celebrate the thriving food...

Scottish brewers boosted by £175,000 with Aldi Beer Festival

Beers from Scotland’s best craft breweries have been hand-picked by ALDI to be included in the supermarket’s tenth Scottish Beer Festival taking place this...

Little Belmont Street café opens West End addition

Little Belmont Street café and tea salon, CUP, has opened the doors to its new takeaway in Aberdeen’s West End this week, as well...
Suzy Smith

Edrington appoints Zenith Optimedia for its Regional Power Brands

Publicis owned Zenith Optimedia has been appointed as global media agency for Edrington’s Regional Power Brands, which include The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky,...

Future Highland distillery projects making good progress

Work to establish two new distilleries is underway in Lochaber and Skye. Multi-million pound projects at Drimnin Distillery on the Morvern Peninsula and Torabhaig Distillery...

Family whisky brand revived by whisky entrepreneur

More than 150 years since it was established, the James Eadie whisky brand is being relaunched by the great-great grandson of the founder. Whisky entrepreneur...

North-east dairy investment opportunities to come under spotlight

Further work to develop new commercial opportunities for the north-east dairy farming sector is to be carried out, after extensive consultation with milk producers,...

£14.4bn Scottish food & drink sectors needs to be more productive

Scotland's food and drink industry has launched a new, ambitious action plan to boost productivity in the sector. The call to action has been made...

Let’s raise a glass to solving one more of Scotch whisky’s many complexities

Whisky, it is generally accepted, is one of the finest gifts that Scotland has given to the world, a subtle distillation of the rich...

£14.4 billion ‘Record’ year for Scotland’s food and drink industries

New figures show that Scottish food manufacturing is growing twice as fast as the UK average. The annual turnover for the food and drink industry...

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival offshoot highlights regional food and drink

The finishing touches to Spirit of Speyside: Distilled have been made, with just days to go until the launch of this brand new celebration...

Scottish craft beer sales on the rise in Waitrose

Sales of Scottish craft beer and premium-bottled ales at Waitrose have more than doubled in just three months. Figures show sales are growing six times...

Stoats rolled out to all 226 Morrisons stores

Scottish oats company, Stoats, has secured a national listing with major retailer Morrisons for its Porridge Oat Bar Multipacks. The new listing at Morrisons will...

Gluten-free Brewery secures national distribution partners

Edinburgh’s Bellfield Brewery – the UK’s first dedicated gluten-free microbrewery – has secured distribution with a number of UK-wide operators. The brewery’s two beers, Lawless...

Aldomak joins Aldi Specially Selected range

Scottish tablet, fudge and toffee maker Aldomak has reinforced its relationship with Aldi Scotland by creating new products for the supermarket and switching the...

Glasgow ice cream legends to open new Aberdeen store

Glasgow based ice cream manufacturer Crolla’s is to open its first gelateria north of the central belt when the firms new store opens at...

Glasgow Pump House to become The Clydeside Distillery in £10.5 million project

Work has commenced on a £10.5 million project in Glasgow to transform the iconic Pump House building located between the Riverside Museum and the...

Edinburgh to get first Single Malt Whisky Distillery in 90 years

The City of Edinburgh Council has approved an application to develop the Engine Shed building and site on St Leonard’s Lane into a single...

Mackie’s ice cream reports £13 million in domestic retail sales

Luxury ice cream favourites, Mackie’s of Scotland, has recorded a substantial increase in year on year sales. Generating more than £13 million in domestic retail...

Coffee company Matthew Algie acquired by Germany’s Tchibo

Coffee roaster Matthew Algie has been acquired by German coffee and food service business Tchibo. The deal illustrates Tchibo's desire to further grow its coffee...

New Royal Deeside Gin launched

A new gin has been produced in Royal Deeside by local couple Steven and Lynne Duthie. Esker Gin is distilled in a traditional copper still,...

Official launch of Kirkjuvagr, Orkney gin

Orkney’s new premium quality gin, Kirkjuvagr, will be officially revealed in the islands’ capital this weekend. The gin has been created by Orkney Distilling Limited,...

Star Rating for Angus & Oink at World’s Largest Food & Drink Awards

Aberdeen-based BBQ company, Angus & Oink, has today been awarded a coveted one star ‘simply delicious’ rating by the world’s largest food and drink...

Gold star at Great Taste 2016 for Barra Bronzes

Aberdeenshire premium turkey producer Barra Bronzes has scooped a major award at the world’s most coveted blind-tasting food awards, Great Taste 2016. Only 35% of...

Aberdeen gin takes home gold at prestigious international awards

Porter’s Gin, the first gin to be made in Aberdeen in over 100 years, has won a gold medal in the highly competitive best...

£1.46m double acquisition for Fine Food Holdings

Scottish-based Fine Food Holdings has acquired two specialist food companies worth over £1 million with funding support from Clydesdale Bank. The firm purchased Clarks Speciality...

Royal Yacht Britannia gin to come from Summerhall Distillery

Summerhall Distillery has partnered with five-star visitor attraction The Royal Yacht Britannia, to create Britannia Gin - an exclusive, small batch gin especially for...

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Next Month: A Mountaineer, a Brewer and a Broadcaster!

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North-East golf networking group swings into action

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Nicholson Solutions Appointed as Education Partner by Digital Marketing Institute

The Digital Marketing Institute has appointed Aberdeen company Nicholson Solutions to deliver its Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing in Scotland. The SQA accredited professional...

Interviews

Craig Buchan

Craig Buchan: The continuing journey of Qpal

I sat with great expectations of becoming a frequent blogger back in April after I put the finishing touches to my first chronicle, Coming...
George Frier

Scottish Sea Farms invests £35m in salmon hatchery

Scottish Sea Farms (SSF) is investing £35m in a development site for a new freshwater fish facility near Oban. The deal is financed by SSF's...
Peter Vardy

Scottish Entrepreneur: Peter Vardy on employing 800 people, giving money away and hanging out...

Peter Vardy has just become a dad. The sleepless nights are a challenge for the chief executive of Peter Vardy Ltd, owner of seven...
Sir Tom Hunter

“I’d like to be the catalyst for positive change in Scotland” - Sir Tom...

You can listen to the podcast version of this interview at the end of this article. The best piece of management advice Sir Tom Hunter...
Simon Cowie

Interview - “This is a Year for Survival and a Year of Opportunity.” Simon...

Simon Cowie has been awarded Scottish Dealmaker of the Year twice (in 2009 and 2014) and the company has been shortlisted for three 2016...

Columnists

John Durrant

John Durrant: The ups and downs of running a business will test you to...

If you’re new in business, or even if you’re not, you’ll know that the ups and downs of running a business will test you...
Jayne Carmichael Norrie

Jayne Carmichael Norrie - The Gin Room Scotland: From an Idea to an Award...

I am a self-employed Singing Teacher, so perhaps I am not the most obvious choice when selecting someone to develop a new business concept...
Neil McLennan

Neil McLennan: Leadership - it is everywhere but, what really is it?!

“Leadership crisis”, Leadership race”, “leadership needed.” It is everywhere. From Donald Trump to Phillip Green, from Nicola Sturgeon to Michelle Mone OBE from Corbyn...
Bill Jamieson

Bill Jamieson: Is CBI Scotland really fit for purpose?

What is the point of CBI Scotland? Does it have a voice? And, if so, for whom does it speak? Searching questions, but ones surely...
Clare Scott

Clare Scott: The three Cs of effective business communication

Communication’s easy isn’t it? After all, most of us communicate in various ways on an everyday basis. Yet, while it’s a natural and intrinsic...