Scottish distiller Arbikie clinches major US export deal

Scottish distiller Arbikie clinches major US export deal

Award-winning Scottish distiller Arbikie has signed a major new deal to export its spirits to the US.

News | 17 Jan 2020

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Scottish spirits producer Arbikie has marked its fifth anniversary with a bang after securing a deal with a major American importer.

The award-winning Angus-based distiller will see its products, which include vodka, gin and whisky, exported to selected US states.

Arbikie hopes that securing its 15th export market will strengthen its international profile, with particular focus on the so-called 'cocktail cities' of North America and Asia.

The company launched in 2014 with Scotland's first potato vodka and now distils vodka, gin, single malt barley whisky and rye whisky - the first produced in the country for more than a century.

It practises a field-to-bottle approach, using key ingredients and botanicals grown on its 2,000 acre estate near Arbroath, and is planning to open a visitor centre in summer 2020 to showcase this traceability to consumers.

"The growing desire for provenance and traceability of ingredients is very now and this new deal reflects that trend," said Arbikie director David Stirling, who is based in the US.

"Our aim has always been to disrupt the luxury spirits market by stressing the traceability of our base ingredients and how these impact on flavour. Our philosophy is about sustainability, innovation and quality, and our global consumers are very much buying into the opportunity to trace the ingredients in their spirits."

Arbikie spirits are available in retailers including Ambassador Wines and Spirits and 10th Avenue Wines and Spirits, and in New York City bars including Sugar Monk, Plaza Athenee, Gran Tivoli, Junoon, Rye House and Pegu Club.
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