Award-winning international spirits company, Quintessential Brands, has appointed James Lousada as Managing Director of its international commercial products arm, Quintessential Brands Spirit Solutions.
The appointment of Lousada, who has over 20 years’ experience in the industry running UK and European drinks companies, is indicative of the company’s ambitions for Quintessential Brands Spirit Solutions.
Quintessential Brands has enjoyed strong success with its commercial products in the UK in recent years, winning and retaining private label and own label contracts with some of the UK’s leading multiple grocers. Quintessential Brands Spirit Solutions also provides production and bottling services to a wide range of trade customers through the company’s world-class production sites in the UK, Ireland and France.
Lousada, whose experience includes three years as CEO of Carlsberg UK and over three years as General Manager of Accolade Wines EMEA, is now aiming to replicate the company’s UK success in key international markets, whilst working with the Quintessential Brands UK commercial team to build on the success already achieved in the company’s lead market.
Warren Scott, CEO and Co-Founder of Quintessential Brands, comments: “James’ appointment is indicative of our aspirations for Quintessential Brands Spirit Solutions. It is also indicative of how we are building the truly global success we have always envisaged; a spirits company recognised across the world for both our portfolio of world-class premium brands and for the breath and quality of our commercial offering. Quintessential Brands has significant international opportunity across both our premium brands and our commercial products, and with the experience, passion and strategic focus James brings, I’m looking forward to 2019 being another transformational year for our business.”
Lousada’s appointment follows news of Quintessential Brands’ further investment in G&J Distillers in Warrington, renowned for being the world’s oldest continuous gin distillers, having produced gin since 1761. A new high-speed miniatures line was recently installed, enabling the company to bottle a variety of spirits, including gin, vodka, rum and whisky, in the increasingly popular 5cl format.
Quintessential Brands’ portfolio of premium brands – which include Thomas Dakin Gin, BLOOM Gin, Opihr Spiced Gin and flagship brand, Greenall’s, as well as an award-winning range of Irish whiskies and Irish Creams – is also performing well in the UK, helping Quintessential Brands to retain its position as the second largest spirits distributor to the UK Off Trade, growing ahead of the total spirits market.
Established in 2011, Quintessential Brands is recognised for its continuous innovation of crafted spirits across all categories, resulting in the company receiving many accolades over the years, including Gin Distiller of the Year in the International Spirits Challenge for three of the last four years, including in 2018.
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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, in Cheshire, UK; L&L in France, a leading manufacturer of fruit spirits and liqueurs; Irish Cream artisan producers, First Ireland Spirits; and the Dublin Liberties Distillery, which opened in 2019. 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. iqueurs 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 spirits solutions of unrivalled quality.