SCOTTISH soft drinks firm Bon Accord has released a tonic designed to meet demand for a smaller sized tonic water in bars.
Working with various Scottish bars, including SLTN Award-winning 56 North in Edinburgh, Bon Accord created the bar-friendly 200ml-sized tonic water – a format the company reckons will better accompany the vast range of Scottish gins on the market.
The firm’s tonic water is made with natural quinine and said to offer a “subtle and balanced” flavour that doesn’t overpower other flavours.
Bon Accord director Nathan Burrough said he thinks the smaller format is “the way forward for the business”.
“We have listened to industry leaders and reformatted our tonic water to suit the on-trade market,” he said.
“It was important for us to work closely with those who have real insight into the industry.
“It made perfect sense for us to create a smaller size bottle for single serve gin and tonic. As a Scottish business, we are eager to support Scottish gin distillers with a tonic water that showcases the amazing Scottish gins on the market.”
Commenting on the collaboration with Bon Accord, James Sutherland, owner of 56 North in Edinburgh, said: “The new 200ml format is ideal for [the] on-trade and customers are familiar with this size of tonic water when they order a gin and tonic.
“As a growing soft drinks business in Scotland, it is great to see a new tonic water on the market which has been developed specifically to accompany Scottish gins.”
Bon Accord is working with various on-trade distributors, including Vino in Edinburgh, Huffmans in Dundee and Hot Sauce in Glasgow.
The soft drinks firm also plans to release a new ginger beer this month.
Bon Accord was founded by the Robb family in Arbroath in 1909 and ceased manufacturing soft drinks in 2000; it was resurrected by the founder’s great, great granddaughter Karen Knowles and business partner Nathan Burrough last year.