First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has officially opened McQueen Gin’s brand-new 6,200²ft distillery in Callander.
Said The First Minister, “The impressive growth of McQueen Gin proves that it is possible with the right idea, product and people to go from a small start-up business to exporting around the world in a relatively short period of time – and that being rural-based provides no barrier to international success.
“I am pleased that Scottish Enterprise has been able to help the company’s ambition by providing support and expertise in their growth. We want to be ambitious for Scotland and encourage private sector investment in a range of key markets, including food and drink.”
An investment of around £750,000 was made in the development of the new facility, which will see their overall manufacture, bottling, packing and shipping capacity increase by greater than 1,000%.
Speaking of the distillery launch, Neil Christison, Regional Director for Visit Scotland commented, “It is incredibly exciting to welcome the McQueen Gin Distillery to the visitor experience in Callander.
“The opening of this new attraction in such a stunning location will certainly boost the wider region’s tourism offering. It is important that we continue to encourage new investment in tourism businesses such as distilleries which benefit from visitors’ love of Scottish gin, as well as the surrounding towns and villages, with the creation of new jobs and increasing visitor spend.”