Investment of up to €28 million in the Dublin Liberties Distillery and The Dubliner and Dublin Liberties Irish whiskey brands
Quintessential Brands today announced a major investment in the Dublin Liberties Distillery Company including new banking facilities. It has agreed an €18.3 million investment by Stock Spirits Group PLC in return for a 25% equity interest in Quintessential Brands Irish Whiskey Limited (“QBIW”). QBIW owns The Dublin Liberties and The Dubliner Irish Whiskey brands and last year announced the construction of a new state-of-the-art whiskey distillery and visitor experience in the Liberties area of Dublin. As part of the total €28 million investment in QBIW, a new comprehensive €10 million banking facility has been completed with Wells Fargo Bank.
Stock Spirits Group is a leading owner and producer of premium branded spirits and liqueurs that are principally sold in Central and Eastern Europe. The investment by Stock Spirits comprises an initial €15 million cash plus a further deferred cash consideration over a five-year period for the 25% equity interest. QBIW will use the investment primarily to complete the construction and fit out of the Dublin Liberties Distillery on Mill Street in Dublin 8, as well as to accelerate advertising and promotional investment in the brands underpinned by significant investment in stock maturation.
The Dubliner Irish Whiskey was recently confirmed as the fastest growing Irish whiskey globally. The range of products in The Dublin Liberties and The Dubliner Irish Whiskey portfolios currently sell in more than 30 countries in excess of 32000 cases (9L) sold in the 12 months to March 2017. Quintessential Brands acquired the Dublin Liberties Distillery in 2016 and has over the past 12 months developed designs for a unique distillery and visitors’ experience in the heart of Dublin. Construction on the Dublin Liberties Distillery started in January 2017 and it is due to open in 2018.
The QBIW senior executive management team of Darryl McNally (General Manager and Master Distiller), Colin O’Neill (Chief Financial Officer) and Sinead O’Frighil (Global Marketing Director) will continue to lead the Dublin Liberties Distillery Company. It will be chaired by Quintessential Brands Group co-founder Warren Scott.
Commenting on the announcement Quintessential Brands Group, Warren Scott said “This investment and partnership with Stock Spirits comes at the beginning of a very exciting next phase in the development for our Irish whiskies. We are a brand-led business and both The Dublin Liberties and The Dubliner Irish Whiskey have developed great traction in more than 30 markets with significant potential for further growth and range expansion in the coming years. We are delighted to be working with Stock Spirits and with the completion of the Dublin Liberties Distillery we will create a home for the brands and an exciting new visitor experience in the heart of Dublin”.
The Dublin Liberties Distillery Master Distiller and General Manager Darryl McNally said “The growth in Irish whiskey has been phenomenal in recent years and shows no sign of abating. Consumers want authenticity and provenance, as well as amazing product. The Dublin Liberties and The Dubliner Irish Whiskey consistently rank among the finest whiskeys in the world due to the care in their distilling and blending as well as the heritage they get from one of Dublin’s most famous – and infamous – areas.”
Warren Scott confirmed that the Dublin Liberties Distillery is scheduled to be completed in the Summer of 2018 and would be a significant tourist attraction to complement the considerable development and investment under way in the Liberties area of Dublin. The distillery will employ up to 15 people when fully operational and up to 40 people are involved in its design and construction.
Stock Spirits Chief Executive Mirek Stachowicz said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Quintessential Brands in an exciting young whiskey business and to be adding these outstanding brands to our portfolio. We have already developed strong whiskey category management capabilities courtesy of our distribution agreements with our agency partners, and see these brands as being highly complementary to that platform. We see significant potential for the brands globally, including in our core markets of Poland and Czech Republic, and are confident that they will complement our strong market positions in vodka, herbal bitters, brandy and limoncello. We are hopeful that this will be the start of a long and successful relationship with Quintessential Brands.”
Quintessential Brands also owns a portfolio of Irish creams and liqueurs brands together with a production and bottling facility in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois. Its brands include Feeney’s Irish Cream, O’Mara’s Country Cream, Brogan’s Irish Cream and O’Casey’s Irish Cream which, together with a range of other products, sell a total of 700,000 cases across 50 markets globally. Quintessential Brands employs a total of 51 people in Ireland.
ABOUT QUINTESSENTIAL BRANDS
The Quintessential Brands Group delivers a diverse portfolio of quality international spirits with unrivalled heritage and craftsmanship. Founded in 2011 by Enzo Visone, former CEO of Gruppo Campari, and former investment banker, Warren Scott, The Quintessential Brands Group is made up of the Quintessential Brands Company; G&J Distillers, the world’s oldest gin distiller; Essential Drinks Company, the business-to-business supply division; Marblehead, the UK brand agency; L&L in France, a leading manufacturer of fruit spirits and liqueurs and Quintessential Brands Ireland, which includes First Ireland Spirits and the Dublin Whiskey Company.
Quintessential Brands portfolio includes Greenall’s The Original London Dry Gin, BLOOM London Dry Gin, Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin, Berkeley Square London Dry Gin, and Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin, which are all produced by G&J Distillers. The Dubliner Irish Whiskey, The Dublin Liberties Oak Devil and Copper Alley Irish Whiskies, Feeney’s Irish Cream Liqueur and O’Mara’s Irish Country Cream. Alizé Passion Liqueurs, Toussaint Coffee Rum Liqueur and Baron Clovignac Cognac. www.quintessentialbrands.com