BBC Supports British spirit brands despite brexit and Pandemic
, BBC Spirits have recently entered a long-term partnership with several British spirit brands despite Brexit and the Pandemic. Sales Director for BBC Spirits UK & IRE, who has been pivotal in setting up the partnerships went on to say “I am absolutely delighted that we will be working closely together with all our new British spirit partners, in what has been an incredibly difficult time for the hospitality sector over the past 12 months due to the pandemic. Brexit, which started in January, was not going to frighten us away from exploring new and exciting partnerships with these award winning, world class spirit producers. All at BBC Spirits are 100% committed to ensuring this new partnership is a huge success and that you will soon see all these brands throughout mainland Europe. We will start importing these brands as of March 2021”.
On the new partnership and exporting alcohol during a pandemic and Brexit, owner of Masons of Yorkshire Gin, Karl Mason says “The current pandemic and BREXIT means here, at Masons of Yorkshire, we have had to look at our export strategy and realise we need to be far more proactive. To help us achieve this, we are delighted to be working with BBC Spirits and look forward to the opportunities they can develop for us”.
Karl at Masons always had an unwavering belief that, when it came to gin, doing things the right way without compromise would lead to the best outcome. And thus, on World Gin Day 2013, Yorkshire’s first gin, Masons of Yorkshire, was born.
Owner of McQueen Gin, Dale McQueen went on to say “McQueen Gin are excited to partner with BBC Spirits to develop our portfolio of gins in France and across the rest of Europe. Finding a partner who shared our values was particularly important to us and BBC’s market knowledge and expertise really impressed, clearly this was imperative as we navigate the challenges of post-Brexit trade with the EU. I am confident in our joint plans for expanding our global footprint of our core range and this is the first step in delivering against those plans.
As engineer Dale and chef Vicky McQueen sat enjoying a gin in their garden, the idea was born to combine their technical and culinary skills with their true passion, gin. After much tinkering and testing, McQueen Gin was ready for production and work began on the McQueen Distillery in February 2015.
Angus Lugsdin, Co-Founder of Salcombe Distilling Co said “We are excited to be partnering with BBC Spirits and to join their small portfolio of exciting brands as we look to build our trade relations in Europe post Brexit. 2020 was a difficult year for hospitality businesses during the pandemic, on both sides of the channel, yet 2021 is a year full of hope, expectation, and increased opportunity. It is great to be partnering with a BBC Spirits and their fantastic team as we look to expand distribution of the UK’s number one Luxury Gin brand in France and further afield.”
After pursuing successful careers around the world, Angus and Howard, Co-Founders, find themselves back in Devon and meet up to discuss their business aspirations. With Angus’ burgeoning interest in the distillation of spirits and Howard’s desire to build a company in Devon with exceptional products, Salcombe Distilling Co. was born from their common love of gin and the stunning coastal town of Salcombe. Inspired by the citrus cargoes that the Salcombe Fruiters once carried from exotic trading routes, the co-founders finalise the recipe for their first gin ‘Start Point’ after 18 months of numerous iterations and blind tastings, in 2016, Salcombe Gin was born. They have since gone onto national and international success scooping 3 Double Gold Medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Awards and 3 Stars at the Great Taste Awards, to name but a few. Their super premium ‘pink’ gin is the only in the world to have won two coveted Double Gold medals.
Stu Gulliver, co-founder and Director of Gulliver’s Whisky also states that “The Covid-19 pandemic has been a particularly challenging time for everyone in the UK drinks and hospitality Industry, us included. Yet we decided early in the first lockdown of 2020, that it was important to continue to invest in our brand and develop our business. Our newly signed partnership with BBC Spirits is exciting for us and the perfect way for us to build our brand with our friends in Europe. BBC Spirits have an amazing portfolio of world brands and their network is unrivalled, with a very impressive track record”.
In 1747, Samuel Gulliver establishes his wine and spirits business in the White Horse, Banbury, Oxfordshire. Samuel Gulliver and Co’s portfolio was extensive and included wines, spirits, liqueurs, cordial and aerated waters. In 1944, another Samuel Gulliver decided to spend and gamble most of the business away and it declined to just an Aylesbury wine bar. In 1957, the business closed to only be re-opened again in 2018 by ancestor, Stu Gulliver and his co-founder, Justin Horsman.
BBC Spirits, based in Bordeaux, France have been trading for more than ten years in the wine and spirits industry, exporting over 60 products from across the globe to many countries worldwide, including the US, Australia and Asia. BBC Spirits specialise in importing authentic Japanese spirits, such as whisky, gin, sake, rum and more and are European leaders in this field. This new partnership will be the first listing of British spirits to their portfolio and will only strengthen their position as leaders within the alcohol industry worldwide.
BBC Spirits was founded in 2010 after a happy encounter between Bogdan and Bertrand. BBC stands for Bogdan & Bertrand Company. The company initially started by exporting wine and over the years gradually specialised in the import and distribution of spirits. BBC Spirits adopts an innovative and visionary view and their aim is to discover new brands and support in their growth.
BBC Spirits also develop their own brands, closely monitoring market trends to create authentic craft gems. Their creativity and know-how have won multiple awards in many different international industry led competitions. Excellence is central to their strategy and they are particularly attentive to their customers and producers to maintain relationships built on trust.