Quintessential Brands, the international spirits group, announces the appointment of Max Hayes as the Sales Director of Quintessential Brands Ireland, with immediate effect.
As part of the continued expansion of Quintessential Brands’ international sales organisation, Max will lead the development of the Irish sales organisation, responsible for both the branded and private label businesses. Max will also have a leadership role in the development of the Irish Spirits Portfolio internationally, as Quintessential Brands Group expands both its Irish Whiskey and Irish Cream businesses.
Since 2013, Quintessential Brands has been investing in Ireland, initially with the acquisition of First Ireland Spirits and a €3m investment in the upgrade of the production facilities. Over the past three years this investment has expanded to include The Dublin Liberties Distillery which is under construction in Dublin, opening in 2018, and the launch of a premium Irish whiskey portfolio, under The Dubliner and The Dublin Liberties brands. The newly formed Irish distribution business will focus on the development of the Irish brands as well as the rest of the Quintessential Brands portfolio, in both the on and off trade in Ireland. It will also seek to develop the considerable B2B and private label services which Quintessential Brands Group offers internationally to retailers and third parties.
Max brings with him a wealth of commercial experience, having spent over 18 years in the drinks industry holding senior roles in C&C Group, Allied Domecq and Beam-Suntory, working in both the domestic Irish market and internationally. Warren Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Quintessential Brands Group says “‘I am delighted that Max is joining Quintessential Brands. He brings with him extensive experience which will accelerate the growth of our business in Ireland and beyond, particularly as we develop The Dublin Liberties Distillery. Max will play a key role in the leadership of this going forward, as we continue to invest in growing our business in Ireland, across our manufacturing facilities and our premium brands.”
For further information, please contact:
Amanda Moorhouse, Quintessential Brands PR
+44 7974 197909
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 Autumn 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.