About The Gin Cooperative
Our Scottish Gin Journey
Having enjoyed gin since first discovering the classic G&T in 2004, we’ve enjoyed seeing the rise of gin’s popularity. With new brands coming to market and more gin expressions appearing behind bars, we’d developed a passion for trying new gins and learning more about the brands and businesses. Although we’d been enjoying gin for nearly 10 years, it wasn’t until 2013 we considered starting a business around our passion for gin; we were sipping Scottish Gin on holiday in NYC, marvelling at the fact that nearly every place we visited had at least one Scottish Gin behind the bar. This holiday planted the seed that would one day form part of the idea behind The Gin Cooperative.
As more and more Scottish Gins have come to market, we’ve found ourselves drawn to these Scottish Gin brands. We guess because we’re Scottish, Scottish Gin quickly went to the top of our list to try next. One year, we bought what we believed was a case of Scottish Gin as Christmas presents; from the label and packaging to the website and marketing, everything pointed to the message that this gin was made in Scotland. Turned out it wasn’t. We were left feeling disappointed and slightly cheated. We felt there was an opportunity to provide a resource to the consumer that solely focused on Scottish Gin but also focused on providing transparency, clarity and factual information about Scotland’s Gin makers and brands.
It wasn’t until December 2017 that we finally set-up The Gin Cooperative. Our love of Scottish Gin had continued to grow and yet there were very few resources that could provide the information we were looking for so we decided to fill in the gaps ourselves and make it available for others to explore.
We took a chunk of our life savings and set-to work building our website, speaking with Scotland’s gin makers and brand owners, carrying out due diligence and gathering content before officially launching our website in April 2018. We’ve worked extremely hard since then to ensure that our website is kept up to date and reflects the growth of the Scottish Gin category.
We also established International Scottish Gin Day© in September 2018, with the first ISGD taking place in August 2019. The day saw some of the world’s best bars, Scottish Gin makers and brands, consumers and the gin community raise a glass to Scottish Gin. Through events, online content and more, the day was a great success and has continued to grow year on year.
In December 2020, we launched our Scottish Gin shop, featuring one of the largest selections of Scottish Gin to be found online by an independent online retailer. Working with our Scottish Gin members, we are in a unique position to buy most of the gins for our shop direct from our members. It means our members get ongoing support through the membership benefits and they also have the opportunity to be featured in our shop.
Learning, exploring, collaborating, creating, enjoying, educating, inspiring. We’ve thrown ourselves and everything else into making The Gin Cooperative the premium, go-to resource for all things Scottish Gin. We’re proud of what we’ve created and achieved since we started and will continue to focus on creating engaging and premium content that tells the story of Scottish Gin, adds value to our members and helps educate and inspire other gin drinkers and the trade to discover Scottish Gin.
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Natalie Reid, Co-Founder
Natalie has held a number of key business roles in a variety of organisations since graduating from University with a first class honours degree from Art School in 2005, including oil and gas related roles in training and competence, senior management posts and board level positions. Natalie brings a wealth of experience from her background working with a number of FTSE listed companies. Her creativity, professionalism and hard work have helped Natalie continue to grow The Gin Cooperative to be the go-to resource for all things Scottish Gin.
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Martin Reid, Co-Founder
For over 20 years Martin has worked as a graphic designer, having worked in a number of roles for a variety of design and media companies. Martin established his own design studio in 2009, Reid Advertising & Design. During the course of Martin’s career, he has worked with clients across a number of business sectors including retail, hospitality, food and drink, oil and gas, agriculture, property, architecture, aviation and more. Creating brands, advertising campaigns, marketing materials across print and digital, Martin continues to enjoy working with clients who require help telling their story to their audience.
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Membership and Objectives
The Gin Cooperative was established in 2017 to help educate and inspire the consumer and trade to discover and explore Scottish Gin. Run by long-time gin drinkers Natalie and Martin Reid, The Gin Cooperative is a commercial membership based business that is open exclusively to Scotland’s gin makers and brand owners. Members must be based in Scotland, their gins must be distilled, rectified or cold compound (complete process) in Scotland and they must believe, support and champion the term Scottish Gin.
Some of the key objectives of The Gin Cooperative include:
With over 80 members, we work with and support a rich and diverse range of businesses including small producers and super-premium brands, all of whom have seen value in being members of The Gin Cooperative.
Our members share our vision and objectives for the Scottish Gin category and as a trusted, respected voice for Scottish Gin, our focus is to educate, inspire and help consumers and trade explore, discover and enjoy Scottish Gin through our website and social media channels. The Gin Cooperative is the premium go-to resource for all things Scottish Gin, providing insight and inspiration to our audience.
We are the only business of its kind in the UK that supports and champions the Scottish Gin industry based on the clear, considered and reasonable criteria that underpins our business – Scottish Gin should be made in Scotland.
Judging and Industry Insight
Natalie and Martin have provided their industry insight and knowledge as taste judges for the Scottish Gin Awards and The Gin Guide Awards. Along with judging, Natalie and Martin also provide their feedback to Scottish Gin makers who are looking for feedback on their products in development and input into brand development, social media, marketing strategy and suggested bloggers and communicators that gin brands should be actively looking to work with, and more.
Press, Media and Photography
With our insight, we’ve helped contribute to a variety of articles, publications and news features covering the world of Scottish Gin and the wider gin category. We’ve provided contributions to The Times, The Scotsman, The Wall Street Journal and more. We’ve also provided insight and contributions to a variety of educational institutes including the Edinburgh School of Economics. Our original photography also appeared in a variety of printed publications including books and newspapers as well as online news websites.
We’ve built the world’s largest website and resource dedicated to showcasing Scottish Gin and in turn built a large database of information covering the Scottish Gin industry from 1999 to present day. We continually engage with our members, supply chain and others in the Scottish Gin sector and the wider gin industry so we can ensure that we’re aware and actively involved in the world of Scottish Gin, providing a positive voice for the industry and always looking at ways of how we can best share the wonderful world of Scottish Gin with gin drinkers and industry alike.