ONE of the UK’s first dedicated gluten-free microbreweries is toasting a new contract to supply Bidvest Foodservice across the UK.
With the rapid growth in the free-from food and drink sector, Bellfield Brewery’s beers will complement the craft beer range that Bidvest Foodservice already offers to thousands of pubs and restaurant customers across the UK.
The Scottish microbrewery will initially supply three depots – Edinburgh, Reading and Wakefield – from January 2017 and Bidvest Foodservice will then look to extend the products to all 22 UK depots.
The link-up with Bidvest Foodservice follows a successful year for the new brewery, which secured a number of UK-wide distributors over the summer.
Bellfield 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.”
Speaking on behalf of Bidvest Foodservice, Katie Sillars, 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 point of sale kits with branded beer mats, bar runners, glasses and table top tent cards are available to assist operators.
Bellfield Brewery is believed to be the first entirely gluten-free craft brewery to brew all its beers in the UK.
Produced in small batches, the beers are accredited by Coeliac UK and carry the ‘crossed grain’ symbol.
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