Craft beer boom sees Scottish brewery sector double since 2010

The Scottish beer brewing sector has doubled in size since 2010 new figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) reveal.
In 2016 there were 115 breweries and 190 distilleries situated across 21 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, employing 950 workers,  a 64% increase since 2011.
The highest concetration of breweries can be found in Edinburgh and the Highlands which both have 16% each.
SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Kate Forbes, said: “This growth environment has been fostered by an ambitious SNP Scottish Government working closely with public bodies and industry to support jobs, infrastructure and the economy, including via the £500m Scottish Growth Fund.
“Scotland’s breweries are providing a wealth of job opportunities in my constituency, with three distilleries and a brewery on Skye alone, and increasing our offering of home grown products for the rising tourist numbers.
“Over the past seven years food and drink start-ups in Scotland have had a higher survival rate and have grown at a faster rate than in the rest of the UK as well as contributing £1.2bn worth of exports to the Scottish economy in the first three months of 2017.”

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