Loch Lomond brewery to supply three of its ales to Co-op food stores across Scotland

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Loch Lomond brewery has brewed-up a contract win to supply three of its ales to Co-op food stores across Scotland.

Based in Alexandria, the brewery founded by Fiona and Euan MacEachern marks its sixth anniversary this month after they turned their hobby for home brewing into an award winning business, and they celebrate by raising a glass to securing a deal to supply 90 of the community retailer’s stores.

The brewery will supply the Co-op with its: Loch Lomond Bonnie ‘n’ Blonde ale; Silkie Stout and, Southern Summit – a hoppy extra pale ale.

Fiona MacEachern co-founder and Managing Director of the brewery, said:

“We are delighted. Working with the Co-op will increase the availability, awareness and accessibility of our beers – opening up new markets and making our beers available in communities across Scotland.”

The Co-op is committed to championing local suppliers and, Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Scotland, explained:

“The combination of innovation, tradition, quality and passion make these ales prized and much sought after locally. We know that food provenance really matters to our customers. Quality and trust are key for consumers and the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great food and drink.”

Jake Woods, Co-op Beer Buyer, added:

“Locally produced ale is an exciting category – we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion local beers which use great local ingredients, draw their inspiration from their environment, and are brewed with pride and passion to deliver consistently great quality and taste.”

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op UK

Co-op expands its local sourcing programme with a total of 20 local breweries across Scotland

Co-op expands its local sourcing programme with a total of 20 local breweries across Scotland

 

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Scottish breweries are set to top sales of 500,000 pints at the Co-op as the community retailer expands its commitment to supporting smaller, local, producers.

A total of 20 local breweries are to supply Co-op food stores across Scotland with around 45 different ales – tapping in to forecasted sales in excess of half-a-million pints over the coming year as part of the community retailer’s local sourcing programme.

Burnside Brewery has brewed-up a contract win to supply two of its ales to Co-op food stores across Scotland. Based in Laurencekirk, Gary and Dave Metcalfe turned their hobby for home brewing into an award winning business and have secured their largest contract to date supply approaching 40 of the community retailer’s stores. The brewery will supply its Wild Rhino ale – a craft brewed light blonde beer and, its Golden X Best Bitter.

Gary Metcalfe, co-founder of Burnside Brewery, said:

“We are delighted. Our mission is quite simple really – great tasting beers. This contact win is our largest yet and, will play a part in raising awareness of our brand in new markets, making our beers available in communities across Scotland.”

Fierce Brewery of Dyce, Aberdeen – which won Breakthrough Brewery of the Year at this year’s Scottish Beer Awards after selling its first ales last June – will supply 35 of the Co-op’s stores with three of its ales: Easy Shift; Day Shift and, Moose Mousse. Louise Grant, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the Co-op, its support for local producers fits well with our ethos of sourcing locally – such as a local chocolatier providing ingredients for our Moose Mousse chocolate stout. The reach and exposure of the Co-op’s community-based stores comes at a great time in our business development, supporting our brand awareness and opening markets among residents and visitors alike.”

Other recent brewers to win new Co-op contracts include: Stephen Crossland, MD of Deeside Brewery, which is based in Banchory, Royal Deeside, said:

“Securing a deal with the Co-op is fantastic for the brewery. We’re keen to increase our presence within the growing craft beer drinker community and we are really pleased that Deeside brews are now an option for those shopping in Scottish Co-op stores. We’re passionate about our quality products – each of which is hand crafted on site – and we’re confident that our three signature brews will be well received by Co-op consumers.”

Alan Mahon of Brewgooder – which donates 100% of its profits to clean water projects and recently won a contract to supply 100 Co-op stores, said:

“We are delighted to secure this listing, we feel there is a real synergy given the Co-op’s community locations, heritage and ethical trading and, passion for quality beers. Not to mention its existing work to support clean water projects. This is our largest listing into the convenience sector, and one we are looking forward to growing in the coming months. It will provide a boost to our brand awareness and business development at a key time, while having an impact on thousands of people facing water poverty through our essential clean water projects.”

Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Scotland, explained:

“The combination of innovation, tradition, quality and passion make these ales prized and much sought after locally. We know that food provenance really matters to our customers. Quality and trust are key for consumers – Scottish food and drink is world-renowned and the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great Scottish food and drink.”

Jake Woods, Co-op Beer Buyer, added:

“Locally produced ale is an exciting category – we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion local beers which use local ingredients and are brewed with such pride and passion for their consistent quality and taste.”

The Co-op operates around 350 food stores in Scotland, the move comes as the Co-op expands its commitment to the local sourcing of food and drink.

Breweries to win new contracts to sell ale at the Co-op include: Alechemy Brewing, Edinburgh; Brewgooder; Burnside Brewery, Laurencekirk; Cairngorm Brewery; Deeside Brewery; Eden Mill Brewery; Fierce Beer, Dyce; Fyne Ales; Jaw Brew; Knops Brewery, Dirleton; Loch Lomond Brewery; Six Degrees North, Laurencekirk; Tempest Brewing, Tweedbank; Thistly Cross, Dunbar; West Brewery and Windswept Brewing, Lossiemouth.

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Coop UK

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Co-op extends the reach of the iconic Double Dragon across Wales

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The iconic Double Dragon Ale has secured a first national listing for the Felinfoel Brewery with a contract win at the Co-op.

Sales of Double Dragon Ale has taken off after being introduced into around 80 Co-op food stores last November – the latest contract coup will see the award-winning deep copper red ale listed in approaching 160 of the community retailer’s stores across Wales from next month (October).

The brewery – which was established in Felinfoel, a small village adjoining Llanelli, in 1878 – anticipates that the increase in outlets could lead to its award winning ale exceeding annual sales of 50,000 pints at the community retailer.

Jamie Owen, Commercial Manager at Felinfoel Brewery, said:

“Double Dragon is our ‘flag ship’ ale, known as The National Ale of Wales and we are delighted at how well received it has been by the Co-op’s customers. The beer is known the world over and to reach more of our Welsh communities is a great opportunity to build brand awareness and open up new markets in communities across Wales. This is our first contract win of this scale, it is very exciting news and we are now gearing-up production. Doing business with the Co-op is a great fit with our values – we pride ourselves on taste and quality and we know that this is an approach shared by the Co-op.”

Jake Woods, Beer Buyer for the Co-op, said:

“We are delighted to extend the reach of Double Dragon across Wales, it is an iconic ale which has proved very popular with our members and customers – ale is an exciting category with opportunity for continued sustained growth.”

The move comes as the Co-op commits to doubling the number of its local suppliers – introducing a small business charter to support and champion business and break down many of the traditional barriers that smaller businesses in particular can encounter when supplying larger retailers.

Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Wales, added:

“As a community retailer, the Co-op is committed to championing Welsh food and drink, these are prized products, world-renowned, and we are delighted to give them pride of place in our stores. Food provenance really matters to our customers – we are committed to investing in the Welsh economy and providing new opportunities to support, showcase and celebrate Welsh produce.”

Media Contact

Andrew Torr
Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk