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Feragaia to open ‘first’ alcohol-free distillery

Alcohol-free ‘spirit’ producer Feragaia has completed construction of what it claims is the first working alcohol-free distillery in Scotland.

Feragaia was founded in 2019 to challenge negative preconceptions around alcohol-free drinks

The opening of the facility in Glenrothes, Fife, will enable the brand to increase production, which previously took place at a private distillery in south Scotland.

Feragaia’s co-founder, Bill Garnock said: “It is an honour to be opening the first working alcohol-free distillery in Scotland, just 15 miles from my family farm in the East Neuk.

“This is a bold step in our Feragaia journey, and will allow us to further deliver on our core values of provenance and process. The distillery will further strengthen transparency throughout the supply chain, creating an alcohol-free spirit that works in partnership with the wild forces of nature that inspire us.

“Authenticity guides every batch of Feragaia and this development reflects our passion and drive to be rooted in originality.”

The new distillery will unify ‘innovative’ infrastructure with traditional distillation techniques to bring together the 14 botanicals used to create the liquid.

The product goes through multiple distillation runs before being blended by hand, and cut with Scottish water.

Feragaia means ‘wild earth’ in Latin and Greek

Having recently achieved B Corp status, the distillery will follow stringent environmental policies. This will include measuring the chemical and waste-free manufacturing process to create as circular a business as possible.

Feragaia also aims to support the surrounding area by sourcing local ingredients, with an aim to create multiple job roles.

“Fife has played a key role in the history of spirit innovation, and remains a leading player in the world of premium spirit production,” Garnock added. “To open our own Feragaia distillery here is an exciting next chapter for Feragaia, and for Fife.”

In November 2021, Feragaia received £1.5 million (US$1,74m) investment from Scotland’s leading conservationist, Andres Povls.

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