Bellfield and Brewergooder expand
Bellfield Brewery raising £1 million for next growth phase
Bellfield is seeing exports grow
A specialist Scottish microbrewery is aiming to raise a further £1 million finance to support its rapid growth and accelerate sales in to international markets.
Bellfield Brewery, which produces gluten-free beers, plans to raise the finance via existing investors, such as angel syndicate Equity Gap and the Scottish Investment Bank, as well as from new private investors.
Launched in March 2016 and based in Edinburgh, the company has already secured a number of large contract wins and is experiencing strong demand for its beers as a result of the sustained growth in the craft beer sector and the explosive growth in demand for gluten-free products.
Bellfield beers are now available in 350 outlets in Scotland and across the UK (on and off trade) and are increasingly available on draught across central Scotland and London.
This summer Bellfield ordered a new 12 Brl (2,000 litre), brew plant that is currently being built and will be operational by December.
Speaking about Bellfield’s ambitious plans, Alistair Brown, founder and director said: “Our aim is to become the leading gluten-free brewery in the world.
“We are now seeking additional resources to capitalise on the strong demand we are experiencing for our products in the UK and internationally.”
Sales of gluten-free beer are forecast to experience very strong growth over the next 5 years.
The funding will allow Bellfield to raise awareness of its products by extending its targeted digital marketing activity and the company plans to make several key hires specifically within sales and marketing to support this strategy.
Bellfield will also invest in taking new products and formats to market, to ensure the company maintains its leading position in the free-from sector.
Brewgooder secures Tesco listing
Scottish beer brand ‘Brewgooder’ has secured a new UK listing with Tesco that will significantly advance its mission to bring clean water access to one million people.
Representing its biggest ever listing deal to date, the agreement will see the social enterprise supply single bottles of its Clean Water Lager to 481 Tesco stores across the UK, adding to its existing nationwide supermarket listings in ASDA and Co-op stores.
Launched in March 2016, Brewgooder donates 100% of its profits to fund clean water and sanitation projects in developing countries. To date, it has helped over 40,000 people across Malawi gain access to clean water. As a result of the Tesco deal, Brewgooder plans to expand its clean water initiative into Ghana next year.
By the end of 2019 the brand hopes to have helped over 100,000 people gain consistent clean water access.
Alan Mahon, founder of Brewgooder, said: “This deal marks another major milestone for Brewgooder.
“Our journey so far has been incredible: growing from a team of one to seven in two years; brewing and selling over one million cans and half a million pints of our lager; and achieving listings with some of the UK’s biggest retailers.
“It’s because of our loyal drinkers and retailer support that we’re now able to look at extending our operations into Ghana and work to bring clean water to even more people across the world.”