Copeland Distillery in distribution deal with Classic Drinks

THE Copeland Distillery in Donaghadee has secured a new distribution partner to support its growth aims in the Republic.

The deal with Classic Drinks will see Copeland's full spirit range of gin, rum and whiskey available to more than 3000 bars, restaurants and hotels across Ireland.

With the distillery reaching sales of 12,500 cases last year, this new partnership will support the business deliver its ambition to grow sales to over 25,000 cases across the UK and Ireland this year.

It sees broadening the availability of its brand to consumers in the Republic as an important landmark.

Commercial director Mark Prentice said: “This partnership with Classic is an important milestone for the distillery as we continue to establish our brand in Ireland.

“Classic Drinks' customer base of over 3000 bars, hotels and restaurants will allow us to showcase the breadth of our entire spirits range, from our award-winning gins and casked rums, to our Merchants' Quay blended Irish whiskey.

“We have developed a varied portfolio of world-class, great-tasting spirits that represent Northern Ireland's craftsmanship and history.

“Celebrating the Copeland Islands, Donaghadee's historic harbour and the local community is really important to us and we look forward to working with Classic Drinks to introduce our spirits to more consumers across the island of Ireland.”

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