Managing director of the microbrew Bruggsmidjan in Árskógssandur in north Iceland recently received a support award from the Icelandic Association of Women Entrepreneurs (FKA) and is now planning to export the brewery’s Kaldi beer.
Bruggsmidjan’s Agnes Sigurdardóttir told Fréttabladid that she and her husband, who founded the brewery in 2005, had decided to start exporting Kaldi immediately after the economic collapse in October last year.
“We want to work on bringing in foreign currency and hopefully we can realize our plans shortly,” Sigurdardóttir said. Their initial plan is to export the beer to the Faroe Islands and Norway.
Sigurdardóttir said the operation of Bruggsmidjan have been fairly successful but that she and her husband had realized that it would be difficult for the first few years. “Now it will only be tough for a little while longer.”
The brewery’s production capacity was recently increased from 300,000 to 500,000 liters per year. It employs six people, which is a relatively high number in a community of only 120.
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