Small food and drink businesses team up to launch a website delivery service together to help people support them and to try something new

A group of small food and drink businesses have teamed up to launch a website delivery service together to help people to support them and to allow customers to try something local and new. 

Published 8th Apr 2020
Updated 6 th Oct 2023

Led by the Paisley Drinks Company, the group of producers, which had been struggling in the current climate, had to come up with a new way of reaching and engaging with customers.

Determined to help each other get through these difficult times, they are now offering a delivery service featuring a range of "different and exciting tastes and services".

Brian O’Shea, founder of soft drinks producer Paisley Drinks Co. stated that they lost 90 per cent of their customer base almost overnight, he said: "Since starting the business in June 2018 there has been a great response from consumers tasting real soda drinks for the first time. The business has grown from strength to strength, and we had big plans for 2020. However, despite COVID-19 stopping the business in its tracks.

"We knew we were not alone. So, we reached out to other local businesses to see if we could team up to provide a service that would help you all through the long hours of isolation.

"I am determined to reach out to as many people as I can to share in the joy of tasting a refreshing soda drink made from real ingredients. They also make great cocktails if you need to upgrade your home bar experience.”

Adding that they hope to engage as many people as they can and their sense of adventure to try and get as many as possible enjoying some "fabulous and pretty unique products" as well as supporting small local businesses.

These include:

Pakora Explorer – Paisley: A small family-run producer from Paisley that originally from Orkney that specialises in delicious pakora.

Nut Shack - Paisley: another family run business that specialises in making uniquely flavoured peanuts - using nuts sourced from Argentina, Brazil & U.S.A blended with some of the best herbs and spices available.

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Alba Cola – Glasgow: A popular contemporary cola produced in Glasgow using natural ingredients.

Pure Roasters - Dumbarton: an ethical coffee roaster with a premium quality coffee "with attitude".

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Tongue in Peat - Glasgow: A small Glasgow producer which naturally infuses small batches of fresh tomatoes with peat from Islay, resulting in an "utterly unique batch of sweet, smokey and salty tomatoes" which are then blended and bottled for "your pleasure".

Sparklingly Sober – Port Glasgow: a new small batch alcohol free drink from the ever industrious and innovative Start-Up Drinks Lab.

The Paisley Drinks Company - Paisley: A small drinks producer which makes craft soda using only natural ingredients and processes blended with pure Scottish water.

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Brian added: “It’s been great collaborating with some of my favourite Scottish Brands! I hope our platform provides a new opportunity to help them continue to supply customers. I hope consumers team up to support these growing businesses which are so important to the lifeblood of our local community.”

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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