Scottish craft breweries announce merger

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The respective boards of Consolidated Craft Breweries and Broughton Ales have announced the merger of their companies.

The deal brings together a portfolio of beers, including Old Jock Ale, Spey Valley’s 1814 Lager, Alechemy’s Craft Beers and Snake Venom, which is exported to China.

Following investment from Scottish Enterprise and current shareholders, the transaction will help fund three brewing sites and meet growing demand both locally and internationally.

A spokesperson for the combined companies said: “With further investment, we believe our expertise in production, sales and marketing will allow us to build on recent export successes to Sweden, France, Italy. Italy and China, and to develop our brands nationally in pubs, bars, supermarkets and the growing online sector.

“The merger builds on the strength of Consolidated Craft’s brands in the export and domestic market, while Broughton’s Old Jock is now one of the top 10 bottled beers in Scottish supermarkets with sales increasing at across the UK.

“As we emerge from Covid, combining our expertise and brands, we see a significant opportunity to invest in our staff and our three brewing sites in Broughton in the Borders, Alechemy in central Scotland and Spey Valley. in the Scottish Highlands.”

Broughton Ales claims to be Scotland’s first independent brewery, founded by David Younger and James Collins in 1979.

Consolidated Craft Breweries owns the Spey Valley and Alechemy breweries and produces a range of beers brewed in Speyside and central Scotland.

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