Brewer toasts export sales

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BEER brewer Innis and Gunn is celebrating an increase in overseas demand with sales so far this year already topping last year’s total.

The Edinburgh-based company, which ages its beer in whisky barrels, yesterday revealed its turnover rose 20 per cent in 2010 to £5.2 million, with revenue for 2011 already in excess of this figure.

Exports accounted for 75 per cent of sales in 2010 – up from 65 per cent – but that figure has now risen to 80 per cent in the year so far, growing faster than predicted.

Managing Director Dougal Sharp said: “Innis and Gunn has gone down an absolute storm in the States but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

“The US has just surpassed one million bottle sales in only 12 months of trading – a real landmark for us.”