Quintessential Brands Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Ward as Vice President, National Accounts and Control Board Sales for Quintessential Brands North America as the company looks to increase its presence in the USA.
Prior to joining the Quintessential Brands Group family, Ward led teams that launched some of the most successful drinks brands in the US; including Stella Artois, Heineken Light, Dos Equis, The Macallan Rare Cask and The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old. He previously served as Vice President, Division Manager, Edrington Americas, and for seven years as Vice President of Sales at Heineken USA.
CEO for Quintessential Brands North America, Bill Spann, comments; “Steve brings to our company a wealth of industry experience and a robust commitment to achieving Quintessential Brands Group’s goals in the world’s leading consumer market. He will play a major role in helping secure and service national and regional accounts for our strategic brands and open new channels for our QBSS products. We are delighted to welcome Steve to the Quintessential Brands family and I look forward to working with him and further establishing Quintessential Brands as one of the most dynamic spirits companies in the world today.”
Steve’s sales skills and market knowledge will be put to immediate use in helping Quintessential Brands Group build awareness of its diverse portfolio of award-winning premium brands, which includes some of the fastest growing gin brands in the world, including BLOOM London Dry Gin, Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin and Greenall’s, the Original Handcrafted London Dry Gin since 1761. The company’s gin prowess has been recognized by the industry with Quintessential Brands recently reclaiming the title of Gin Distiller of the Year in the International Spirits Challenge 2018.
The company’s Irish Whiskey portfolio is also making waves in the industry worldwide; following the much-anticipated launch of The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey in February in NYC, the company’s Irish Whiskey brands have been lauded with praise and accolades recently, with every expression winning a gold medal in at least one competition in 2018 so far. The company is set to open a new working distillery in the heart of Dublin’s historic whiskey making district, The Liberties, later this year, with production of all its whiskeys moving to the site.
Quintessential Brands’ expertise also expands across Irish Cream, with leading brands including O’Mara’s Irish Country Cream and Feeney’s Irish Cream Liqueur. In addition to providing customers around the world with leading premium brands, Quintessential Brands is also a leading supplier of own and private label brands to retailers across the world, renowned for its liquid development expertise at its world-class production sites across Europe.
ABOUT QUINTESSENTIAL BRANDS GROUP
Quintessential Brands is an award-winning international spirits company, dedicated to distilling and crafting the world’s best alcohol brands for consumers and customers globally. Pioneering spirits of the industry, inspired since 1761 by their founder, Thomas Dakin, Quintessential Brands Group delivers a diverse portfolio of award-winning, best-selling spirits with unrivalled heritage and craftsmanship.
Founded in 2011 by Enzo Visone, former CEO of Gruppo Campari, and entrepreneur, Warren Scott, Quintessential Brands Group owns world-class manufacturing facilities across Europe including G&J Distillers, the world’s oldest continuous gin distillers; L&L in France, a leading manufacturer of fruit spirits and liqueurs; First Ireland Spirits and the Dublin Liberties Distillery, which is part owned by Stock Spirits and scheduled to open in late 2018. Renowned for its white spirits expertise at G&J Distillers, Quintessential Brands has won International Spirit Challenge Gin Producer of the Year three times and is fast winning a reputation as one of the most exciting new Irish whiskey producers to emerge on the scene.
Quintessential Brands’ award-winning premium brands portfolio includes Greenall’s The Original Handcrafted Gin, BLOOM London Dry Gin, Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin, Berkeley Square London Dry Gin, and Opihr Gin. Its Irish brands include The Dubliner Irish Whiskey, The Dublin Liberties Irish Whiskey, The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, Feeney’s Irish Cream Liqueur and O’Mara’s Irish Country Cream. Liqueurs in the portfolio include Alizé and Toussaint Coffee Rum Liqueur. The company is also a leader in contract bottling and own label & private label spirits, working with retail partners across the world to provide unrivalled spirits solutions.