Press release: Soaring sales of Scottish beer celebrated at Royal Highland Show

first_img Since starting the business 15 years ago, Innis & Gunn has grown to be one of the UK’s most successful international craft beer businesses. We are driven by a passion for flavour and craftsmanship, and our team take enormous pride in brewing craft beers that are renowned for quality in the UK and in over 28 export markets – including the USA, Canada, Sweden, France, and China – selling over 27 million bottles of beer annually and winning over fifty quality awards including Gold Monde, NYC Beer Awards, and many international beer awards, as well as accolades at home in the 2017 Scottish Beer Awards. One of the companies that attended the reception is Edinburgh-based Innis & Gunn, who started brewing their award winning beers in 2003. Over the course of a decade they have expanded their range to include barrel aged beers, larger and IPA’s and are now one of the nation’s top exporters of beers, claiming the title of the most popular British bottled beer in Canada.Award-winning brewers Harviestoun also attended the reception, having operated in Clackmannanshire, Scotland for over 40 years. The company exports their craft brew to 20 countries and uses their expertise to brew beer specifically for the USA market.Dougal Gunn Sharp, Innis & Gunn Founder and Master Brewer said: Environment Secretary Michael Gove toasted the success of Scotland’s craft beer industry today as he attended the Royal Highland Show for the second year running.With more than 100 breweries operating across Scotland – employing approximately 1,000 people – the Environment Secretary hosted a joint reception with Scotland Secretary David Mundell to celebrate this booming industry.Craft beer is a huge export success story worth approximately £18 million to the economy. From the award-winning Innis & Gunn to the family-run, gluten-free Bellfield Brewery, some of the Scotland’s most popular brewers attended the reception to showcase how their innovative techniques and unique taste is boosting the country’s craft beer sales both at home and overseas.Speaking after the Royal Highland Show, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: At Harviestoun Brewery we have been independently craft brewing for 35 years, making internationally awarded beers, in the village of Alva. We pride ourselves on using only the best possible ingredients to make our beers. Today, our beers are enjoyed in 26 export markets around the globe and our plan is to further grow the Harviestoun Brewery brand in the UK and emerging world markets through the innovation, quality and attention to detail that has become synonymous with our beers. Scotland’s drink industry already has a world renowned reputation, demonstrated by the global demand for Scotch whisky. The UK Government is committed to helping breweries – from small microbreweries to established enterprises – to export. Led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in partnership with the Department for International Trade and VisitBritain, the Food is GREAT campaign plays a key role in driving exports for UK produce overseas – increasing the demand around the world and positive public perception of our food and drink.Today the Food is GREAT team sponsored the food pavilion at the Royal Highland Show, where they reached out to Scottish food producers to explain the exporting opportunities open to them.While at the Royal Highlands Show, the Environment Secretary saw first-hand the best that Scotland has to offer in food, drink and agriculture – the nation’s biggest manufacturer.He visited the James Hutton Institute’s stand and spoke about the opportunities innovation brings for sustainable food production; met the contenders in the livestock judging and spoke with leading figures in Scottish agriculture including the Scottish Organic Producers Association and NFU Scotland.center_img Stephen Boyle, Haviestou Director of Sales said: There has been a real froth of excitement over craft beers in recent years. It is fantastic to see Scottish brewers taking advantage of this boom. It’s been a real privilege to host a reception showcasing the best of Scotland’s brewers. While top quality whisky is rightly synonymous with Scotland around the world, our beer industry deservedly has many plaudits for producing delicious craft ales. Thanks to high quality ingredients, innovation and dedication of brewers, the sector’s reputation is going from strength to strength and I was pleased to raise a glass to toast this key part of our iconic food and drink industry which does so much for our economy. Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell said:last_img read more

Western Force axed from Super Rugby

first_imgPhoto: PhotoSport Richard Hardwick in action for the Western Force in a match against the Sharks earlier this year. “The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today resolved to discontinue the Western Force Super Rugby licence,” read a statement released on Friday.”The decision comes after several weeks of consultation with rugby bodies and stakeholders, including government and commercial partners.”The Force agreed to enter arbitration last week with the ARU, who said in April that they would cut either the Force or the Melbourne Rebels from Super Rugby next season as the competition contracts from 18 to 15 teams.The Kings and Cheetahs teams in South Africa have already been cut from the competitonBut RugbyWA is almost certain to take the case to the Supreme Court if they win a right of appeal.Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest has pledged to do everything within his powers to save the Force, and the issue is now set to be battled in the courts.The ARU said the decision to “discontinue the Force’s licence” was based primarily on financial outcomes.”As we have reinforced throughout this process, there are commercial realities which are linked to declining on-field performance across our Super Rugby teams which has put Australian rugby in a position where it can no longer sustain five teams,” ARU chairman Cameron Clyne said.”Furthermore, the significant unbudgeted support funding that has been provided to Super Rugby teams over the past five years has greatly affected our capacity to invest in community Rugby.”This is a sad day for rugby, especially for Western Force fans.”We accept that there will be anger and resentment over this decision and we sympathise with those fans. We sincerely hope that they are not lost to the game forever.”The decision to exit the Western Force from Super Rugby is not a decision to abandon the game in Western Australia.”Western Australia will retain an important place in Australian rugby and the ARU will continue to support youth development programs and the community game in the West.”There will be a clear pathway for young Western Australian rugby players to reach the highest level and represent the Wallabies.”last_img read more


first_imgAbove is a selection of photos from our classic car and tractor show at the weekend.With 70 cars, over a dozen tractors and a selection of steam engines turning out, it was a fabulous day. Which has triggered management at Kelly’s Centra to make it an annual event.They raised a fantastic €1,604.00 for the Donegal Hospice.Michael mcBride was on hand to help oversee proceedings on the day.Kelly’s Centra want to thank all out staff who volunteered on the day with a BIG UP for Tony Russell who helped organise this successful event on TR taxis. PICTURE SPECIAL: KELLY’S CENTRA CLASSIC CAR AND TRACTOR SHOW RAISES MONEY FOR DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsNoticespicture speciallast_img read more