EIGHT Scottish craft brewers have joined forces to create a trade body aimed at safeguarding the future of the industry.
Launched last night at the Scottish Parliament, The Brewers’ Association of Scotland (TBAS) represents beer makers that between them generate turnover of more than £30 million and employ 246 staff.
The organisation is chaired by Dougal Sharp, founder and chief executive of Edinburgh-based beer producer Innis & Gunn, which recently revealed that its annual sales had topped £10m for the first time.
Sharp said: “It is important to our sector, now more than ever, that we have an effective industry body to help us achieve our individual business aspirations.
“Until now the industry has had no governing body in Scotland, whereas in other countries where there are similar organisations the benefits of such a body are clear. More choice, greater levels of consumer awareness and understanding, high quality, higher growth and levels of business, all underpinned by targeted support from local government agencies.”
The other TBAS founder members are Cairngorm Brewery, Fyne Ales, Harviestoun, Inveralmond Brewery, Stewart Brewing, West and Williams Bros.
The initiative has come about through the market-driven supply chain project that is jointly funded by Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government, and delivered by the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society with additional support from the Community Food Fund.
Richard Lochhead, cabinet secretary for rural affairs, food and the environment, said: “Craft beer is becoming increasingly popular both at home and abroad and it is great to see Scottish artisan beer in such high demand.”