BrewDog, the Scottish brewer and pub operator, is to develop a malt-based soft drink range after securing £551,000 in funding from the Scottish Government for its brewery operations. The company is among 32 food and drinks firms to receive money for expansion in the latest round of funding under the Scottish Government’s Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) scheme. Another Scottish brewer, West Brewery, which is owned by Glasgow-based Heidi Beers, is also to receive £1.85m to move production to a new facility in Scotland and launch a low-alcohol lager. As well as developing an alcohol-free range, BrewDog is to use the funding for its new brewery in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, creating 16 new jobs and enabling the company to relocate to Scotland production that currently takes place in England and Belgium. The move will also increase Scottish-sourced barley from 10% to 50%. James Watt, BrewDog co-founder, said: “We look forward to putting Scotland firmly on the world map for the finest quality premium craft beer and are extremely grateful for the Scottish Government’s help in making this project a reality.” Petra Wetzel, of Heidi Beers, said: “West is proud to create premium lagers and wheat beers that showcase the best of Scotland and this grant will finally enable us to build our brewing centre of excellence right here in Glasgow.” Scotland’s Rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead said: “While Scotch whisky is the international flag bearer of our drink offering, our beers and ales are highly sought after and this sector has seen rapid growth in recent years. Heidi and Brewdog are innovative Scottish companies and this investment will not only create jobs, but boost Scottish agriculture through more locally sourced barley. I particularly welcome plans to diversity their products to include low and non-alcoholic drinks.” Funding is dependent on the company's adhering to Portman Group rules on responsible drinks marketing.