Founded in 2014, the Scottish distiller had been on the market for a distribution partner for the past few years. Its Makar Gin, which has mulberry aged, original dry, oak aged and old tom expressions, and G52 Urban Craft Vodka have so far enjoyed relative success in Scotland with regional grocery listings.
‘Glasgow Distillery is a shining example of what true artisanal craftsmanship looks like and has built great regional brand equity already,’ said John Bradbury of Halewood Wines & Spirits. ‘With the addition of Makar Gin into our portfolio, we are fast becoming the go-to premium craft gin distributor in the country.’
Halewood doubled its profits last year, from £1.7m to £3.9m, and has been actively looking for acquisitions to bolster its spirit portfolio. Its key brands include Liverpool Gins and Vodka, Marylebone Gin, City of London Distillery, Hawkshead Brewery and Sadlers Brewery.
‘The way Halewood has transformed its offering, as well as the scale and quality of its sales force and logistics impressed us, so we knew very quickly during discussions that it was the perfect partner to help take our business forward,’ said Liam Hughes, CEO and co-founder of The Glasgow Distillery Company.