Arbikie Distillery strikes major US export deal


Angus-based distiller Arbikie has signed its first distribution agreement with a major US distributor, targeting the ‘cocktail city’ market – New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, some of the east coast’s most affluent cities for its gin, vodka and Highland rye whisky.

Arbikie now exports to 15 countries around the world and the new deal highlights the export opportunities still available to Scottish firms despite the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit.

Arbikie Director, David Stirling, who is based in the US said, “We are delighted to have agreed this landmark export distribution deal as we celebrate 2020 and our fifth birthday. 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 has always been about sustainability, innovation and quality, and our global consumers are very much buying into the opportunity to trace the ingredients in their spirits. It’s extremely important to us that consumers know where the produce comes from, and we can literally show them the field the ingredients are grown in.”

Arbikie is building a reputation for innovative, field-to-bottle spirits production, as all the key ingredients for its drinks are grown, distilled, matured and bottled in a single-estate approach. Crops include potato, barley, wheat and rye, as well as cultivating its own juniper, chillies and gin botanicals.

Stirling added, “The growing desire for provenance and traceability of ingredients is very now and this new deal reflects this trend. Once we open our Visitor Experience this summer in the ancient county of Angus, we can literally show you the field the ingredients are grown in, another reason to visit an area that is considered by many to be the birthplace of Scotland”


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