Gluten-free brewer raises £430k to fund expansion

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Edinburgh’s Bellfield Brewery, which claims to be the UK’s only dedicated gluten-free microbrewery, has raised £430k to fund its ongoing expansion.

The brewer’s existing operational team will now work full-time, while a new sales manager will be appointed.

It will also invest in developing new products and formats. Bellfield produces its beers using gluten-free recipes, rather than ‘de-glutenising’ its beer using enzymes. Mintel predicts the gluten free beer market will grow to £673m by 2020.

‘We already know from our first year in business that there is considerable demand for our products in the UK and beyond,’ director Marie Brown said.

‘We’ve already delivered on our ambition to produce beer that stands up to anything in the market and we’ve secured listings with many of the leading food and drink distributors and wholesalers in the UK. We will now invest to grow our sales and operational team to build on the opportunity and grow our range of beers.’

The investment was led by the Equity Gap and supported by the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise, alongside existing shareholders including those that backed the brewer’s original 2015 fundraising on Crowdcube.

 

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Claire Dodd

As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

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