Nicola Sturgeon Officially Opens Brand-New 6200 ft McQueen Gin Distillery

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Following three years of rapid growth and success for the business, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has officially opened McQueen Gin’s brand-new distillery in Callander, gateway to the Trossachs National Park.

The first Minister attended the 6,200²ft facility (on the 13th of May) to mark its official launch along with key stakeholders, customers and the media.

Having addressed attendees at the event, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, commented: “The impressive growth of McQueen Gin proves that it is possible with the right idea, product and people to go from a small start-up business to exporting around the world in a relatively short period of time – and that being rural-based provides no barrier to international success.”

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“I am pleased that Scottish Enterprise has been able to help the company’s ambition by providing support and expertise in their growth. We want to be ambitious for Scotland and encourage private sector investment in a range of key markets, including food and drink.”

As an increasingly popular creator and purveyor of intriguingly flavoured gins, McQueen Gin has achieved year-on-year revenue increases in excess of 300% since 2017.

An investment of around £750,000 was made in the development of the new McQueen Gin facility, which will  see their overall manufacture, bottling, packing and shipping capacity increase by greater than 1,000%.

In line with their continued success and new distillery launch, McQueen Gin is set to create an estimated 15 new rural jobs in the area, as the brand grows its overall operation.

Speaking prior to the event, McQueen Gin co-founder Dale McQueen acknowledged the part played by the working relationship between McQueen Gin and Aldi in the acceleration of the new facility’s development. Speaking about the launch he commented:

“The McQueen Gin growth strategy has been strongly supported by the Scottish Government through Scottish Enterprise (SE) and we are thrilled and honoured to be officially opened today by the First Minster of Scotland.”

Distillery visits are now open to the public and all tour details can be found online at McQueen’s website.

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