Convenience in brief | Gin Bothy, Nisa and Ardbeg news

A look at what’s going on across the convenience channel and associated businesses

Gin Bothy’s starring role at Oscars

Gin Bothy owner Kim Cameron is delighted to make it to Hollywood.
Gin Bothy owner Kim Cameron is delighted her brand is going to Hollywood.

AN award-winning Scottish spirits manufacturer is set to make it to Hollywood after its gin was selected to go into the $125,000 “Everyone Wins” nominee gift bags at the Oscars.

Gin Bothy, distilled in Angus, has been chosen as part of a lavish offering that will be hand-delivered to the top 25 2024 Oscar nominees this month.

Gin Bothy owner Kim Cameron said: “This is incredible news for us. It’s giving us a chance to showcase Scottish spirits with our award-winning gin. We are taking a little piece of Scotland to Los Angeles with an exclusive small batch distillation of our gin for the nominees.”

Nisa helps out pantries

NISA’S Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity is supporting UK food pantries through its Heart of the Community Awards.

With an overall £50,000 fund available, the donations of up to £1,000 per Nisa store will help food pantries provide essential food and other supplies to people in need.

The non-profit community-centred organisations stock a wide range of food products that members can access by paying a small fee – softening the blow of high living costs.

To apply for a donation, interested food pantries should visit their nearest Nisa-affiliated retailer to discuss a nomination.

Kate Carroll, head of charity at Nisa, said: “Food pantries play a vital role in our communities, and we are committed to helping them continue to provide essential assistance to people in need. Everyone should have access to good food. Everybody values community.

“Pantries provide both – and more. Across the UK, 90,000+ people have found friendship, food and freedom through pantry memberships.”

Ardbeg splashes £200k of cash

The Ardbeg Distillery on Islay.
The Ardbeg Distillery on Islay.

THE first year of The Ardbeg All Islay Fund has seen £200,000 shared between 28 environmental and community groups and projects on the island.

Beneficiaries were as diverse as Islay Karate Club, Islay Book Festival and Bowmore Lunch Club.Now the fund is inviting similar groups to apply for the next allocation of £200,000. Applications are open until 13 March.

Caspar MacRae, chief exec of the Glenmorangie Company, the firm behind Ardbeg, said: “We’re delighted to see so many members of the Islay community enjoying the benefits of The Ardbeg All Islay Fund in its first year.”