Pictured, left to right, at the reception are Iain Gray MSP, Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand, and Ivan McKee MSP
Belhaven Brewery, Scotland’s oldest working brewery, has celebrated its 300th anniversary with a reception at the Scottish Parliament, hosted by East Lothian MSP, Iain Gray, and attended by Minister of Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ivan McKee MSP.
The event was attended by MSPs, civil servants, councillors, customers and long-serving employees. Mr McKee gave a keynote speech in which he praised Belhaven for its trade in Scotland and overseas, as well as investment into the brewery with a new visitor centre experience, enhancing tourism in East Lothian.
He said: “It is fantastic to be able to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Belhaven — it is an iconic brand that has had great success around the world.
“Scottish food and drink is already known and loved around the globe, and exporting our finest products is vitally important to the future wellbeing of Scotland. That is why we are continuing to work with the food and drink industry to help them meet their ambitions to double food and drink turnover by 2030. This includes support through our upcoming Export Growth Plan, which will set out clear actions to support businesses to maximise the value of Scottish exports.”
Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King, owner of Belhaven, said: “Belhaven is Scotland’s oldest working brewery, a proud achievement and one we are delighted to be celebrating as we mark the 300th anniversary. Belhaven’s name, its beers and pubs are a familiar and much loved part of Scottish heritage.
“Since acquiring Belhaven in 2005, we’ve held Belhaven’s heritage dear whilst developing the business considerably since. Today Belhaven is a powerhouse of modern brewing, crafting over 585,000 pints a week of beer from its state-of-the-art brewhouse, producing 20 different beers and exporting to 45 countries. Exports now represent 30% of trade, up from 10% ten years ago. At home, we are pleased to be marking this anniversary with a brand new visitor centre, which will open later this summer.”
Iain Gray added: “East Lothian is a food and drink county and it was a pleasure to welcome one of our most iconic brands to the Parliament to celebrate this important anniversary. The event was a great success, and it was great to share this success story, an important one in our country’s history, and of course the award-winning product with colleagues from across the Parliament. I look forward to seeing Belhaven’s continued success, and will do all I can to aid the further expansion at Dunbar.”