Aberdeenshire distiller, Esker Spirits, toasts Co-op supply deal

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Aberdeenshire distillers, Esker Spirits, is “toasting” a deal to supply Co-op which will see three of its spirits available at up to 50 stores in Scotland.

Duthie: listing comes at an important time

The distillery will see its Esker London Dry Gin, Scottish Raspberry Gin, and Valencian Orange Gin, available at Co-op stores in time for Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight.

The family-run craft distillery based near Kincardine O’Neill employs five people and created its first bottle of spirit in 2015, it uses locally sourced botanicals including its key botanical, silver birch sap, tapped from the trees of the Kincardine Castle Estate.

Steven Duthie, MD, Esker Spirits, explained: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Co-op. The listing comes at an important time to support our business – the additional awareness, reach and availability from being stocked in our local Co-op and in communities across the country is a huge boost.”

Kevin Buchan, Co-op local sourcing buying manager, Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with local distillers, Co-op is all about connecting communities, making a difference and creating value locally, and our work to celebrate and support local suppliers and great Scottish food and drink is a cornerstone of this approach.”