Edinburgh gluten-free beer pioneers toast major UK deal

Bellfield Brewery lands national listing with Bidvest Foodservice 

The UK’s first dedicated gluten-free microbrewery – based in Edinburgh – is toasting a new contract to supply its beer to a major industry distributor.
Bellfield Brewery has struck a deal with Bidvest Foodservice to complement the range of craft beer it already offers to thousands of pubs and restaurants across the UK.
The microbrewery will initially supply three locations – Edinburgh, Reading and Wakefield – from January 2017 before Bidvest looks to extend its products to all 22 UK depots.
The link-up with Bidvest follows a successful year for the new brewery, which secured a number of UK-wide distributors over the summer and is thanks, in part, to the rapid growth of the free-from food and drink sector.
Brewer and head of business development Kieran Middleton said: “This is a huge coup for us, coming just seven months after we first launched our beers and a great vote of confidence in the quality and appeal of our beers from a major industry player.
“The partnership has the potential to literally transform our business and we’re looking forward to many more consumers across the UK being able to enjoy great tasting gluten-free beer that’s brewed with great passion and dedication.”
Katie Sillars, Bidvest business development manager Scotland, said: “Being able to offer our customers something that is aligned to our industry trends and customer demands is really important to us.
“At Bidvest Foodservice Scotland, we are working hard to grow our Scottish food and drink range and we’ve observed a huge growth within Scottish craft beer as well as the market for gluten free products.  With that we are delighted to be able to offer Bellfield’s gluten-free, locally produced ales not only as a regional listing but as a national listing for 2017.”
Bellfield Brewery is the first entirely gluten-free craft brewery to brew all its beer in the UK. Produced in small batches, the beer is accredited by Coeliac UK and carries the ‘crossed grain’ symbol.
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