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Anacail Ltd (food preservation)

Anacail comes from the Gaelic, to shield, preserve, protect. It is a spin out from Glasgow University’s School of Physics and Astronomy which uses ozone to destroy any mould, fungi or bacteria in packaged foodstuffs, without adversely affecting taste.

Arbroath Smokies

A unique form of smoked haddock, given protection by a European Commission PGI in 2004. Production is restricted to the area of Arbroath in north-east Scotland.

Beattie’s Biscuits

Founded in Glasgow in 1876 by William Beattie.

Blackwood’s Vintage Dry Gin

Catfirth Ltd, Shetland, Scotland.

Blackwoods Vodka

Bowmore Distillery, Islay

Founded in 1779, it is the oldest legal distillery on Islay.


Founded in Fraserburgh in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie. Exporting worldwide.

BRUCE, Robert and Charles Alexander (Founders Assam Tea Industry)

He and his brother Charles, both native born Scots, were responsible for the foundation of the Assam tea industry in India.

Caorunn Gin

Caorunn is Scot’s Gaelic for the rowan berry. International Beverage Holdings Ltd, Moffat Distillery, Airdrie, Scotland.

Crawford’s Biscuits

Founded in Edinburgh in 1813 by William Crawford.

Cromarty Brewing Company

Founded by Craig Middleton in 2011. In summer 2013 the number of its stockists, north and south of the border passed the 100 mark. CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) voted its house brew Happy Chappy best in the highlands in 2013.

CULLEN, William FRS, FRSE, FRCPE, FPSG (1710-1790)

Cullen was a physician, chemist and agriculturalist. He was one of the foremost professors of medicine at Edinburgh University, and gave the first known public demonstration of artificial refrigeration there in, according to source, either in 1748 or 1756.

Dark Matter Distillers. (Dark Matter Spiced Rum)

Based in Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

Darnley’s View Gin

Wemyss Whisky Company, Fife, Scotland

Edinburgh Gin

The Spencerfield Spirit Co, Inverkeithing, Scotland.

Fact – in 2015 70% of UK’s total gin production is distilled in Scotland

Glens Vodka

Gordon’s Gin and Gordon’s London Dry Gin

Cameron Bridge Distillery, Fife, Scotland.

Grafitti Vodka

Gray Dunn Biscuits

Founded in Glasgow in 1853. They were bought out by Bilsland’s Bakery in 1912

HARRISON, James (1816-1893) Refrigeration Pioneer

Born in Dumbartonshire, Scotland. He emigrated to Australia in 1837 where in 1851 he invented the first ice making machine. His first commercial machine followed in 1854. His plan was to ship Frozen Australian mutton to Britain, but his venture failed, he returned to his profession as a journalist, and the initiative passed to others. In 1880 the first successful trip was made by the Clyde-built Strathleven, equipped with plant designed and manufactured in Glasgow following the principles established by Harrison. New Zealand followed suit and huge markets quickly opened for their mutton and fruit. In the 21st century Harrison is still considered a national hero in Australia.

Hendrick’s Gin

William Grant & Sons, Girvan, Scotland

Highland Park

Founded in 1798 at Kirkwall, Orkney. It produces Highland Park, single malt whisky.

Innis & Gunn (Brewers)

Established in 2003, its Wellpark brewery in Glasgow produces the most popular British bottled beer in Canada and the second most popular in Sweden.

Insignia Technologies

Insignia’s patented smart inks and pigments change colour when exposed to various gases or UV light. When applied to food labelling, colour change occurs with the passage of time giving a visual indication of time elapsed since a package was opened. Insignia is a Strathclyde University spin-out.

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