Second anniversary for SCDA

Craft distillers launch own trading arm

Salmond at distillers event

Scotland’s nascent craft distillery sector marked the second anniversary of its own trade body with the launch of a trading arm.

Scottish Craft Distillers Ltd has already shipped its first pallet to Belgium and has order in the pipeline from Dubai.

Tony Reeman-Clark, chairman of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association, told a gathering at the parliament that the group of home-grown companies “have just hit the market at the right moment.”

Eleven distillers showed off their products to MSPs and other interested parties at the event hosted by Jean Urquhart MSP.

To date, SCDA has been supported by various organisations including Think Local Scotland, Market Driven Supply Chain and Interface.

Mr Reeman-Clark said: “I should like to thank you all for rekindling an old industry…and you are creating job opportunities.”

Richard Lochhead, Rural Affairs Minister, said: “It is incredible to think that when the SCDA got off the ground most of the companies here now didn’t exist. Jut think where we might be in another two years.”

Ms Urquhart, MSP for Highlands & Islands, said: “Speaking as someone who, this job apart, has spent most of my working life as a licensee, it is a delight to know that we have so many new drinks to offer and all of them ‘Made in Scotland’.

“But not just that, these drinks are the real deal.  Extremely good quality and easy for every barperson in the land to say  “have you tried this”, confident that they will have a very happy customer.  This diversity in the drinks industry (and if I can mention brewing as well as distilling) is a fantastic addition to our food and drink industry which matters a great deal to Scotland.”

Photo: Among the guests at the event was Alex Salmond MP (by Terry Murden)

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