Gin boom is just the tonic for ten Scottish companies now supply the Co-op
23 June 2017
A gin boom in Scotland has seen orders “pour” in for ten Scottish companies now supplying the Co-op.
The community retailer has recorded record levels of gin sales, with the spirit out-performing the market and seeing a surge of almost 15% over the last 12 months.
The so called ‘ginaissance’ will see wine and spirit merchant, Gordon & MacPhail, initially supply more than 60 Co-op food stores across Scotland with gins including: Pickering’s Gin, 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 Gin – which became Aberdeen’s first distilled gin in more than 100 years.
Jonathan Grey, the Co-op’s spirits buyer, said:
“Gin is an exciting category, with new drinks, flavours and trends emerging and growth for both established brands and new entrants. 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 which use local, natural botanicals chosen for quality and taste.”
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.”
Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Scotland, added:
“It’s exciting to collaborate with smaller companies - it is their innovation, traditions, quality and passion which make these prized local products and we are delighted to give them pride of place in our stores. We know that food provenance really matters to our customers. Quality and trust are key for consumers. Backing local produce is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’ and the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities and providing opportunities to showcase and celebrate great local food and drink.”
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