Sidmouth entrepreneur’s fowl play to tackle global poverty

PUBLISHED: 19:25 01 August 2016

Dan Snow and Calum Doutch of Cocksure Brewing Co.

Dan Snow and Calum Doutch of Cocksure Brewing Co.

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Duo behind Cocksure Brewing Company use success to launch new project

An entrepreneurial pair, who are already ruffling feathers in the beer industry, are now set to tackle global poverty with their ‘Give a Cock a Home’ project.

Former Sidmouth College student Calum Doutch is already taking the craft ale world by storm with the Cocksure Brewing Company that he launched alongside friend and co-founder Dan Snow in February.

What started as a kitchen table business is carving out a name for itself and the ambitious duo are using their success to make a difference by teaming up with leading international development charity Farm Africa to help fund diversification into poultry farming.

Calum said: “Global poverty is still rife in the 21st century. This shouldn’t be how people live and we would like to do our bit to help address this.”

Calum grew up in Sidmouth before going to university in Bristol and later working for Bath Ales, where he met Dan and learnt the tricks of their trade. He added: “We started on a relatively small scale and are looking to further the business now and hopefully get some investment so we can scale up production. Beer is a key aspect but we want to build it as a brand.

“We have got big future aspirations for the company.”

Through its ‘Give a Cock a Home’ project, the company will make a donation for every case of 12 Cocksure craft beers sold, which will fund the purchase of cockerels, chickens, coops and feed in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dan said the aim is to empower families in rural Africa and help them to build a prosperous, sustainable future.

The new partnership is the first of its kind for both parties and Calum and Dan are kicking it off by taking part in the gruelling 100-miles RideLondon cycle ride on Sunday, July 31.

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