Scottish & Newcastle plc was a brewing company head-quartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, which expanded significantly from its home base to become an international business, with production volumes of production and sale of beer in China growing almost tenfold.
The Company was founded by Grizel Syme who ran her deceased second husband's brewery. And by 1985, the company had become a regional brewer focused on Scotland and the North of England, ranked number five in the UK and selling around 6 Mhl per annum.
In July 2003, S&N acquired the Bulmers cider business, adding the Strongbow, Scrumpy Jack and Woodpecker brands to its portfolio, together with the UK's biggest cider mill and orchards in Hereford.
E.L.I.Holdings assisted Scottish & Newcastle, the world’s fourth largest brewing company, in China. E.L.I.Holdings assisted their entry into China through a licensee for McEwan’s Export and later helped Scottish & Newcastle acquire a 19.5% stake in Chongqing Breweries worth GBP 15 million, become China’s first domestic whisky production.