June 4, 2020

Family-run spirits business celebrates success at North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards

Esker Spirits was among the innovative and growing food and drink businesses from across the North East of Scotland to have had their achievements recognised at the region’s prestigious annual food and drink awards.

ONE North East Scotland Food and Drink Awards at the Ardoe House Hotel. Picture Simon Price

The 2019 North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards included 13 different categories spanning the breadth of the industry. Internationalisation, innovation and capitalising on links between the food, drink and tourism industry are recognised drivers for long-term sector growth and this was reflected in a high number of entries in categories including; Export Business of the Year, Best Food & Drink Tourism Experience and the Innovation Award.

Delivered in partnership by Opportunity North East (ONE) and Aberdeenshire Council, 250 attended the event, which welcomed former BBC journalist, author and nutritionist Amanda Hamilton, as host. 

Esker Spirits follow up on their success in the 2018 awards by winning ‘Best Young Business’ category. Esker Spirits was established in 2015 and has experienced significant success since then.  Feedback from the judges pointed to the growth ambitions of the business despite the owners, Lynne & Steve Duthie, having no previous exposure to the food and drink sector prior to establishing the business.  Their ambitious and focussed business plan clearly identifies target markets and customers in both the UK and overseas. They have focussed on a core range of products and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to quality and their core values, and in the past year this company has also laid down strong foundations and future-proofed their business to ensure current and future growth capacity is met.

Lynne Duthie, Owner of Esker Spirits, said: “We are incredibly proud to have our hard work recognised in this way, and to be associated with the fantastic food and drink offerings from the North East of Scotland.  Our distillery continues to grow, and we look forward to adding to our core range of products later in 2019.”

North East Scotland has an excellent base for growth in food, drink, agriculture and seafood, with its wide range of primary produce, new businesses, big name brands and international connections. The food, drink and agriculture sector is a significant part of the region’s economy, directly employing more than 22,000 people. Excluding the whisky sector, it contributes an estimated 20% of Scotland’s food and drink industry output.

Esker Spirits currently produces three premium spirits – Esker Gin, Esker Honey Spiced Gin, and Silverglas Gin.  All are available across the UK via independent retailers and online.