Scotland business

Crowdfunding secures Inveralmond Brewery takeover

Innis & Gunn

One of Scotland's leading new wave brewers, Edinburgh's Innis & Gunn Brewing Company, has taken over the Inveralmond Brewery of Perth.

Its investment comes with plans to expand brewing and maturation facilities, with the intention of growing their product ranges.

The purchase of Inveralmond was funded by £3.1m raised through crowdfunding.

The founders of the Perth brewer will continue to run it, being long-time friends of the Innis & Gunn managers.

New investment plans are to expand the Perth factory's capability to produce beers with different ingredients and flavours. It will have a new warehouse for oak barrel maturation.

Inveralmond is also to have the equipment for infusing flavours into beer, which Innis & Gunn has pioneered with oak, bergamot and coffee beans. A small bottling line may be added next year.

Innis & Gunn Brewing Company was founded in 2003. Selling 20 million bottles of beer in 2014, it had turnover of £12m - up from £10.5m in 2013 - making it one of the biggest craft beer suppliers to supermarkets and the on-trade.

It exports to more than 20 countries.

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