New brand for farmhouse firm
Summerhouse launches Scotland’s first tonic water
It will be the latest addition to the range of drinks produced entirely from natural products by Claire and Ross Rennie who launched the business last year.
Walter Gregor’s tonic water, named after a Victorian minister who served the parish of Pitsligo, was given a soft launch tonight after Claire, who goes by the title Head of Fizz, revealed on Facebook that she had something to announce.
It’s thought the couple have been encouraged by the growth of an indigenous gin industry, particularly around Edinburgh.
Summerhouse was launched in January last year with the aid of a crowdfunding campaign. The couple set a target of £4,500 to buy a second hand van which was converted to hold a wooden summerhouse on the back. It tours food, craft and music festivals around Scotland.
The Rennies are focusing on the drinks business after selling Berry Scrumptious, the confectionery company they set up in 2006 and which won contracts from the BAFTA Awards and Wimbledon.
Felicity’s Chocolates bought Berry Scrumptious last September and last month Summerhouse unveiled a distribution deal with Gordon & MacPhail.