Scottish breweries to merge
Two Scottish micro-breweries have concluded talks on a merger, which will be completed early in 2013.
Posted by Ron Maverick
Two micro-breweries based on Scottish islands are set to merge after business negotiations were successfully completed.
Isle of Skye Brewery and Isle of Arran Brewery are set to join forces and produce nearly 500,000 litres of beer each year, with an annual turnover of £1.2 million.
The new company will come into being in the new year and operate under the name Arran Brewery plc, with current Arran managing director Gerald Michaluk taking on the same role for the merged firm.
Plans for the future include the construction of a new brew house on Aran next year and a major expansion of sales on both the domestic and international markets.
Mr Michaluk said: "We are aiming to grow the business rapidly over the next three years by expanding sales from Scotland to the rest of the UK and internationally."
Successful products the new firm can call on include Skye's Cuillin Beast, which won the Campaign for Real Ale's Champion Beer of Scotland 2011 competition and the bronze medal for barley wines at the British Winter Ales festival in Manchester this year.
Source: Business 7 November 2nd.