The East Lothian-based cider company is celebrating after winning a competition to have its Scottish Fruits Cider made available for customers at 179 Scotmid shops across Scotland from 27th April.
Founded back in 2008, Scottish craft cider company Thistly Cross has now become the second of five businesses to win Scotmid's 'Scottish Favourites' competition. The competition was launched by the Scotmid as a way to champion the best Scottish producers and to demonstrate the co-operative's ongoing commitment to local sourcing.
Peter Stuart, Founder of Thistly Cross, said: “[This] means a lot to us and our business. This partnership will open the door to new audiences and provide us with the opportunity to sell our product to customers directly in store.
“Our small and passionate team strive to be at the forefront of the growing craft cider movement and we’re grateful for this platform to shout about the great taste of Scottish craft cider.”
Scotmid and Scotland Food & Drink received more than 50 entries from local businesses, which were each judged by a panel of experts.
Kirsty Carnegy, Head of Local Sourcing at Scotmid, said: “We are always looking for new ways to diversify and grow our Scottish product portfolio and were absolutely thrilled with the high quality of entries that we have received for the Scottish Favourites competition.
“Scotland truly has some of the best food and drink in the world and the calibre of local producers is continuing to grow year on year. Made with hand-picked strawberries, elderflowers and blackcurrants, this cider is Scottish to the core. We can’t wait to hear how much our customers love this delicious, locally produced product - massive congratulations to Thistly Cross!”
Thistly Cross is located on the east coast of Scotland and handcrafts all of its ciders in small batches using real fruit, fermented and matured slowly to ensure the best flavour. Other ciders offered by the brand include their Original, Traditional, and Cloudy apple ciders, as well as their exciting Whisky Cask and Ginger ciders and a low-alcohol Elderflower offering.