North Coast Brewing acquires brewer WooHa out of administration

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North Coast Brewing has acquired the assets and goodwill of Morayshire-based WooHa Brewing out of administration for an undisclosed sum.

The deal adds to the portfolio run by Kenny Webster, which includes Isle of Skye Brewing Co and Black Wolf Brewery, together with several artisan beer brands and links with key trade, wholesale and export markets.

Isle of Skye Brewing has been trading since 1995 and supplies leading supermarket and pub groups.

Founded in 2015 by Heather McDonald, WooHa has been operating from a purpose-built 16,000 square foot facility in Kinloss since 2017 but at the end of March blamed ‘unsustainable cash flow problems’ on the downturn in global hospitality caused by the pandemic, as well as the costs for exporters arising from Brexit.

At the time, 12 members of staff were made redundant, with two being retained to assist with the administration process.

North Coast director Kenny Webster said, “We are delighted to have secured a deal with FRP and look forward to incorporating the brands and assets of Wooha Brewing Company into our new company, North Coast Brewing.

“We have ambitious plans to grow and the acquisition provides us with access to high quality production facilities, a range of quality brands and an established network of trade and consumer customers.

“We hope to restart brewing at our new site very soon and, as the business develops, we hope to create a number of new jobs.”

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