Scottish alcohol business Eden Mill has acquired English beer maker Eden River Brewery, as it looks to “drastically increase production”.
The acquisition will enable Eden Mill to bottle and can some of its growing range in the north of England, allowing for quicker and smoother distribution as its retail channels continue to grow. The firm will continue to distil its gin and whisky and brew its beer at its home in St Andrews.
Eden River’s bottling plant in Penrith, Cumbria, will increase production by an equivalent of 50,000 nine-litre cases per year – more than doubling Eden Mill’s current capacity.
Eden Mill produces a range of craft beers, cocktails and gins. Last year, the firm released the first single malt whisky to be distilled in St Andrews in more than 150 years.
Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, said: “Thanks to a growth trend amongst our customer base and our ongoing partnership with big retailers such as Aldi, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, our acquisition of Eden River Brewery will allow us to drastically increase our production on many of our products.”
Paul Miller, Eden Mill co-founder.
He added: “Eden River Brewery is highly complementary to our business and we share commonalities in products and approach, making us hugely excited about our combined potential.”
Jason Hill, director of Eden River, added: “When we were approached by Eden Mill, I knew immediately that this was the kind of company, and the right team of people we could work with. We all had a vision of the quality products and identified that highlighting the ‘craft’ aspects of our products would allow for us to expand yet stay personal to our customers.”
He continued: “Like Eden Mill, our company is very hands on and we are invested in making sure we are part of perfecting our products from conception to consumption. Everyone here at Eden River is looking forward to a positive and prosperous new year.”
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