Arbikie Celebrates 4th Birthday with European Export Deals
5 months AGOIain Fenwick
Arbikie, Scotland’s ‘Field-to-Bottle’ Distiller has just celebrated its fourth birthday by agreeing distribution deals in Belgium, Denmark, Italy and Germany. Having started to export in late 2017, their family of premium spirits are now available across Europe, highlighting the many export opportunities still available despite the uncertainty around Brexit.
The Arbikie story began in October 2014 with the launch of Scotland’s first potato vodka, followed by Kirsty’s Gin, Haar Vodka and then AK’s Gin. All have won World Spirit Awards. Arbikie was the first Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year and is the current World’s Best Martini Champion with AK’s Gin.
Arbikie has a strong reputation for innovation, including growing its own juniper, chillies and gin botanicals; it’s also about to launch the first Scottish Highland Rye whisky for over two hundred years. Provenance is at the heart of the Arbikie approach to distilling and farming. The Stirling family have been farming since before 1660 and are building on their expertise in growing by distilling spirits that are made from and reflect the range of crops grown on their family farms. Arbikie is creating a new level of authenticity and taste with their ‘Field-to-Bottle’ approach by focusing on the terroir of the product:
Arbikie Director, Iain Stirling, commented:
“We are delighted to have agreed these new export distribution deals as we celebrate our fourth birthday. Our aim has always been to disrupt the spirits market by stressing the traceability of our base ingredients and how this impacts on flavour. Our global consumers are very much buying into the opportunity to trace the ingredients in their spirits. The growing desire for provenance and traceability of ingredients is very now and our new deals reflect this trend.”
Arbikie is continuing to seek new export distribution opportunities for their growing family of spirits with the cocktail cities in the USA and Asia firmly in their sights. As part of this sales drive, the Arbikie teams is taking part in trade shows in Denmark and Belgium and are taking part in a trade mission to Spain in November with the Scottish Government.
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