Discover the top sustainable drinks companies in Scotland

Learn about the latest sustainable practices in the Scottish beverage sector featuring Rock Rose Gin, Tennent’s Lager, Black Isle Brewery, Laphroaig, Glengoyne, Arbikie and more.

To many international fans of Scotland, one of the first things that springs to mind is a ‘wee dram’ or a ‘nip’ of Scotch Whisky. 

From gin to beer, Scottish alcoholic drinks (and more recently, alcohol-free alternatives) are a major attraction the world over, so it’s no surprise that these products add significant value to one of the country’s strongest export industries. The £15 billion food and drinks sector has grown by 40% over the last ten years, with both UK and overseas buyers increasingly opting to buy Scottish brands. That deserves a toast. 

And while we’re popping corks over the sector’s growing success, like many industries, the drinks sector is striving to become more sustainable. It’s thirsty work producing some of the world’s most beloved drinks – with agriculture, transport, water usage and packaging just some of the many environmental considerations which are now a priority for many companies, especially in the wake of COP26 climate summit which took place in Scotland in November 2021.  

Drinking responsibly 

Consumers are increasingly highlighting that action on sustainability is critical and where they see progress, they give companies credit. Happily, almost three-quarters see a difference in the care businesses put into conserving the environment than they did a decade ago - going green pays.  

We’re fortunate to champion and support many sustainable Scottish drinks companies that are changing practices, sometimes centuries-old, for new, eco alternatives in a bid to become more sustainable.   

We caught up with six of the country’s most climate conscious drinks brands: Rock Rose Gin, Tennent’s, Black Isle Brewing, Beam Suntory (Bowmore, Laphroaig, Glen Garioch, Teacher’s, Auchentoshan and The Ardmore), Glengoyne and Arbikie.  

Explore their stories:  

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