McQueen Gin opens £750,000 distillery in Scotland

14th May, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

Scottish producer McQueen Gin has opened a new £750,000 (US$971,628) distillery in Stirling to meet “rapidly growing demand”.

L-r: Vicky McQueen, Nicola Sturgeon and Dale McQueen at the opening of the McQueen Gin Distillery

L-r: Vicky McQueen, Nicola Sturgeon and Dale McQueen at the opening of the McQueen Gin Distillery

The new 6,200-square-foot facility in Callander was officially opened yesterday (13 May) by the first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

The new distillery opened following “three years of rapid growth and success” for McQueen Gin.

McQueen Gin was founded in 2015 by husband and wife Dale and Vicky McQueen. The brand has reported year-on-year revenue increases in excess of 300% since 2017.

The Scottish producer invested £750,000 in developing the new McQueen Gin distillery, which will enable manufacturing, bottling, packing and shipping capacity to increase by more than 1,000%.

The new site, located by the gateway of the Trossachs National Park, will create 15 jobs for the area.

“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 minister of Scotland,” said co-founder Dale McQueen.

“Our strong working relationship with Aldi, both here in Scotland and UK-wide has been instrumental to our growth in the past 12 months.

“The ongoing regular business secured through that relationship has allowed us to bring forward expansion plans to this year, which equips us with the facilities needed to meet rapidly growing demand domestically and internationally.’’

McQueen Gin is currently in the process of entering the export market with the aim of moving into markets such as Australia, the US and China.

Sturgeon said: “The formal opening of the new distillery is an opportunity to recognise the vision of the co-owners and the hard work and dedication of the staff, and I look forward to seeing greater success as McQueen expands into markets around the world.”

In October last year, budget supermarket Aldi extended its deal with McQueen Gin to exclusively stock the brand’s pink gin across its Scottish stores.

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