Copeland Distillery Announces Distribution Deal With Classic Drinks

By Dave Simpson
Copeland Distillery Announces Distribution Deal With Classic Drinks

The Copeland Distillery has today announced that it has secured a new distribution partner to support its growth aims in the Republic of Ireland.


The deal with distributor Classic Drinks will see the Donaghadee producer'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 in 2021, this new partnership will support the business to deliver its ambition to grow sales to more than 25,000 cases across Ireland and the UK in 2022.

Statement By Copeland Spirits Commercial Director

Copeland Spirits commercial director Mark Prentice stated, "Our partnership with Classic Drinks 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.

"2022 is a major year for us. 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."

Statement By Buyer At Classic Drinks

Buyer at Classic Drinks Brian O'Riordan stated, "The Copeland Distillery has been on our radar for some time, so it is exciting to have added its full range to our portfolio for 2022. Our customers want great quality spirits that tell a great story, and the Copeland range ticks those boxes for us. It is a varied range which is important too, and be it the award-winning Navy Strength gin, the innovative cask-aged rums or the expertly blended Irish whiskey, all products are consistent in both quality and their genuine connection to Donaghadee. All of us at Classic Drinks are impressed by each product’s taste and how each bottle looks on-shelf so we're confident that our customers will share our excitement as we start to introduce the range over the coming weeks."

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