Brewing up success for food and drink

Published on Monday, 17 September 2012 14:57
Posted by Scott Buckler

The Scottish Government has awarded 32 companies grant support worth £9 million under the latest rounds of food and drink funding

The Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) scheme means that since 2008 159 Scottish projects have benefited from £38 million support. The latest rounds include grants for two innovative Scottish companies with high growth potential to construct new brewery premises.

Heidi Beers in Glasgow have received £1.85 million towards expansion plans that will support 18 new employees and see all production move to a new facility in Scotland, relocating the 70 per cent of their operations currently based in Germany. Heidi will source 92 per cent of their barley from Scotland, while they will launch a new low-alcohol lager.

Aberdeenshire-based Brewdog will receive £551,000 towards a new brewery in Ellon, in a move that will create 16 new jobs and enable them to relocate to Scotland production that takes place in England and Belgium. A new storage facility will see Brewdog increase Scottish-sourced barley from 10 per cent to 50 per cent, while the development will enable expansion in to a new non-alcoholic malt-based soft drink range.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

"Food and drink is one of Scotland's greatest success stories, thanks to our outstanding natural larder and high quality, delicious produce. It's fitting that this £9.5 million support is being announced during Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight. The funding announced today will benefit a wide range of small and medium-sized businesses across the country and support the creation of new jobs and further investment.

"While Scotch whisky is the international flag bearer of our drink offering, our beers and ales are highly sought after and this sector has seen rapid growth in recent years. Heidi and Brewdog are innovative Scottish companies and this investment will not only create jobs, but boost Scottish agriculture through more locally sourced barley. I particularly welcome plans to diversity their products to include low and non-alcoholic drinks."

Petra Wetzel, of Heidi Beers Ltd trading as WEST Brewery, said:

"We are thrilled that the Scottish Government has made this award to Heidi Beers Ltd. The food and drink industry in Scotland, in particular the premium producers, play an increasingly important role for Scotland – focusing on job creation, exporting Scotland the brand and providing Scots with sustainable and well-sourced produce.

"WEST is proud to create premium lagers and wheat beers that showcase the best of Scotland and this grant will finally enable us to build our brewing centre of excellence right here in Glasgow."

James Watt, BrewDog Plc co-founder said:

"The grant award has ensured that our state of the art eco-brewery is being built in Aberdeenshire. The new brewery will increase our production capacity ten fold and give us the capacity to keep up with the overwhelming demand for our beers and continue to grow our business. In addition the project will create 20 full time jobs and significantly increase the amount of Scottish malted barley we purchase.

"We look forward to putting Scotland firmly on the world map for the finest quality premium craft beer and are extremely grateful for the Scottish Government's help in making this project a reality."

Source: ©Scottish Gov

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