As Scotland massively increases its number of breweries and distilleries, food and drink start-ups here have had a higher survival rate and have grown at a faster rate than in the rest of the UK



I know some people (non-drinkers) might not be thinking this is all a good thing but much of the product is for export and so is further enhancing our already strong trade surplus – the only UK region with one.

According to Insider:

  • The number of breweries in Scotland doubled in six years
  • There are 115 breweries and 190 distilleries –
  • The highest concentration is in Edinburgh and the Highlands
  • They were situated in 21 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.
  • The breweries alone employed 950 people, a 64 per cent increase since 2011.

In addition, Insider pointed out:

‘Over the past seven years food and drink start-ups in Scotland have had a higher survival rate and have grown at a faster rate than in the rest of the UK, as well as contributing £1.2bn worth of exports to the Scottish economy in the first three months of 2017.’

20 thoughts on “As Scotland massively increases its number of breweries and distilleries, food and drink start-ups here have had a higher survival rate and have grown at a faster rate than in the rest of the UK

  1. Ludo Thierry August 17, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Hi John – Hi all.

    I seem to be the first one on here today – I’m usually the late visitor.

    Once again, John, you have collated a superb collection of stories to counter-balance the rich tripe diet offered by the beeb and msm. Notice my food metaphor to keep on topic. Curiosly I came across a couple of food related stories that I feel are relevant here – so I will, I hope with your permission, throw them into the mix here;

    Somehow or other the Falkirk Herald allowed this good news story under their (normally highly vigilant) radar:

    Children and young people are receiving vital food during the school holidays thanks to a council-led summer initiative.

    Falkirk Council is providing funding to help families on low incomes to ensure youngsters get fed when they are not receiving free school meals.

    It comes after reports that many families who are eligible for free meals during term time struggle to feed their children during the holidays.

    A number of other organisations are involved, including the Children’s Commission, Falkirk Foodbank and Falkirk Community Trust.

    The Summer Food Project delivers food to families in need via the food bank and also provides food to young people, as well as supporting holiday clubs to add food into the activities they run.

    Twelve community centres and churches are providing food at various times during the holiday. Falkirk Community Trust and community-based clubs have been able to add lunch to their summer activities.

    So far this summer over 260 children have been helped. The Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland has said that children’s ability to learn when they return to school can suffer if they haven’t eaten regularly during the school holidays.

    I will just add – as the article doesn’t – that Falkirk Council is now an SNP Falkirk Council. This is the new Scotland in genuine action at the local level. An SNP council developing a clever and sensitive initiative (with relevant partner bodies) to assist children from low income families to eat well during the long summer holidays (without social stigma attaching). This is the new Scotland that I want to be part of.

    A further food related story below that also show-cases our new Scotland:

    HELENSBURGH’S newest restaurant is one of 12 new Scottish entries in the Waitrose Good Food Guide for 2018.

    The Sugar Boat in Colquhoun Square joins eateries in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Skye, Torridon and Newport-on-Tay in the new edition of the guide, which will be published in full next month.

    Opened in May, Sugar Boat, on the square’s north-east corner, is the first Helensburgh restaurant to make it into the Guide in recent years.

    Employing 20 people, the restaurant is owned by Will Smith, whose CV includes a spell working at Cameron House on Loch Lomond in the 1990s and who returned to Helensburgh last year after operating two Michelin-starred restaurants in London – Wild Honey in Mayfair and Arbutus in Soho.

    The 2018 Good Food Guide – the fifth edition under Waitrose’s ownership – will be published on September 4.

    Will Smith has run very successful restaurants in London. He and his wife felt it was time for a change. They discussed possible locations where they would like to live and build a business and chose Scotland.

    They bring their energy, experience and capital to start a new restaurant in Helensburgh – already we can already see the impact they are making on the local economy and tourism. Our new Scotland needs new Scots – and it is great to see folk ‘choosing’ to make a new home here.

    PS Thank for the article re.SNP Scottish Govt Minister Mark MacDonald ‘educating’ Jeremy Vine about the multiple benefits of Scotland’s new baby Boxes – it made me chuckle!

    Cheers all, Ludo

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  2. Ludo Thierry August 17, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Hi John – back again – suddenly realised I’d written ‘Jeremy Vine’ – when i had meant ‘Jeremy Kyle’ – all these media guys seem to be called ‘Jeremy’ and I find it very confusing! – Cheers, ludo

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    • Contrary August 17, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Hah! And I just repeated ‘Vine’ thinking it went well with Jeremy too! Tsk. This is how rumours start, and fake news and all sorts.

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  3. Contrary August 17, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Haha, nice one Ludo, using the ‘tripe’ reference. And good at keeping well on topic!

    I believe Glasgow had initiatives set up to ensure children were getting fed during the school holidays too, but I only half-paid attention to that news before the school holidays – similar things to what Falkirk have been doing. Hmmmm,,, another SNP-led council,,,

    It is getting difficult keeping up with all these good news items, these days, no time to comment on them by the time you’ve read them! I had a good chuckle at the Jeremy Vine one too, have to say.

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  4. Ian Kirkwood August 18, 2017 / 7:47 am

    Notice the BBC now talking about British Salmon in their positive web story on record F&D exports….

    Liked by 1 person

      • daibhidhdeux August 18, 2017 / 4:25 pm

        “Up Yir Collective Kilt, Jockland. Angleterre, EU Frei, Is Shagging You Wiv British Dildos”: AKA “Reporting Jockistan” wiv La Luverly Burd: Brit Jackie Babe In Unionist Tory Orange Kit And Kaboodle Skimpies: THE palimpest manipulating her station’s audience with fragrant glimpses of Butcher’s Apron apparel delicately glimpsed on camera.

        Anyhoo et en passant: Variations on this MacBeeb headline and supplementary comment replicated on the pestilence of the autre JawckBwit MSM plus on Scoatch Spurran TV (yir independent, a Jockywocky televised news provider).

        Bit of Discourse Analysis there Professor to help new undergraduate students get into the remedial 101 groove of BritNat current affairs reportage lingo on things vaguely Jockish.

        Simple word count exercise aimed at finding and counting neutral to positive references to the knuckle-dragging Jocks for one and a half A Level superstar achievers from Eton Tech: The Daisleyite Mega Brainy Overachievers And Fcuk Einstein Baby Coz WE ARE THE Blairite Babies we fink.

        Probably too difficult given the continental languages loanwords and lack of pictures helping to focus the Morris Dancing, quack inhaling boogie woogie of a not very nimble set of heids from the aforesaid institute and other “posh” sheep dog training centres.

        Och, knackered and far away in Tokyo and missing home desperately, but bet my Japanese students at first year university level would do as approximately appalling at this stuff as, say, so-called premier league English universities. The Chinese and Korean students would very seriously and critically thinking kick serious arse (Scottish universities would be a haven to them. English tertiary institutions more appropriate for the bland and very thick Anglocentric diddies from Japan).

        Caber feidh


  5. daibhidhdeux August 18, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Make mine a large Britch, please, no ice and with a British water chaser. Johnny Stalker, please. Slainte thingy and bottoms up. God bless Northumbria, etc.

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  6. gavin August 18, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Notice “Britishness” somehow applies to Scotland or Scottish successes on the BBC, while Englishness is repeatedly cited in sport, politics, history, culture etc, and ALL the stats which make up the network news.
    The BBC is deculturating Scotland with our own money paying for it.

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  7. Richard Cranium August 18, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I’m feeling pretty deculturified.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. johnrobertson834 August 18, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    Up Yir Collective Kilt, Jockland. Angleterre, EU Frei, Is Shagging You Wiv British Dildos – brutal but accurate


    • gavin August 19, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Aren’t we morphed into “Skintland” in the minds of southron opinion formers now?


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