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Co-op listing for Scottish gin distilleries

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Gin enjoying a renaissance (Photo by Terry Murden)

Ten Scottish gin distillers have secured listings with the Co-op a 15% surge in sales over the last 12 months to a new record.

Wine and spirit merchant, Gordon & MacPhail, will initially more than 60 Co-op food stores across Scotland with gins: Pickering’, Edinburgh; Gordon Castle Gin, Moray; Makar Glasgow Gin; Arbikie Kirsty’s Gin, Arbroath; Caorunn small batch, quadruple-distilled Scottish Gin, Balmenach; Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin; Edinburgh Gin; Shetland Reel Gin, Rock Rose Gin, Thurso and Porter’s Ginwhich became Aberdeen’s first distilled gin in more than 100 years.

Jonathan Grey, the Co-op’s spirits buyer, said:Gin is out-performing the spirit sector and we see significant potential for further sustained growth, in particular for the more diverse, premium and crafted gins.”

Fiona Fullarton, national account manager for Moray-based Gordon & MacPhail, said:  “The gin category continues to enjoy growth and in particular there is strong interest in small niche products. 

“More and more consumers are driven to enjoy quality, crafted products, with a clear story and provenance.  Our selection of gins for the Co-op originate from producers throughout Scotland and showcase a variety of flavours and styles.”

> A Glasgow-based drinks firm has launched a range of  Scotch whisky blended cocktails and is already reporting strong interest from leading UK supermarkets.

The Finnieston Distillery Company – formerly known as Dram2O – is launching its ready-to-drink Scotch whisky cocktails across the UK and is in negotiations with a number of supermarket retailers and on-trade outlets.

Finnieston is working in partnership with specialist Scotch blenders, Douglas Laing & Co.

A market first, the cocktails have been created to appeal to people who might not see themselves as traditional whisky drinkers.

In its previous guise as Dram2O, the firm launched a highly successful pilot run in 2016 of two of its cocktails which sold out across Aldi’s Scottish stores.

Finnieston Distillery Company is led by founder and CEO James Doig and the firm has already attracted significant funding support from a number of investors.

He said: “Since we formed the business, our aim has been to take an innovative approach to Scotch whisky.

“Obviously, there are certain traditions around Scotch whisky drinking – we take the view that people should drink it how they want, not how they’re told to.

“In line with Scotch whisky’s international profile, we’ve designed our range with a global audience in mind but it’s fair to say that our initial focus will be on the UK market.

“We’re really pleased to have completed our initial production run and discussions are progressing well with leading supermarkets and with the on-trade.”

Mr Doig said the company was benefiting from being in one of the increasingly fashionable quarters of Scotland.

“This is the ideal time for us to rebrand – we’re a young Glasgow company, based on the fringes of Finnieston, which is now widely recognised as one of the most up and coming and fashionable areas of the UK,” he said.

“Finnieston has an historic association with Scotch whisky distilling and we’ve taken inspiration from Ebenezer Connal, a 19th century merchant who converted one of his family businesses into a distillery in Finnieston Street and created a Scotch whisky infused with exotic herbs and spices and a taste of heather which really made it stand out from others at that time.

‘We thought that approach chimed perfectly with the vision we had for our products so, to some extent, we’re taking up where Ebenezer Connal & Co’s Distillery left off.

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