Halewood Artisanal Spirits is an award-winning UK-based craft distiller. Its range of high growth premium spirits includes Whitley Neill Gin, JJ Whitley Vodka, Dead Man’s Fingers Rum, Crabbie Whisky and Samuel Gelston’s Irish Whiskey.
Halewood currently owns nine distilleries across the UK. All of Halewood’s sites, from the Aber Falls Distillery in North Wales, to the City of London Distillery (the Home of Whitley Neill Gin), represent the company’s commitment to maintaining and developing the craft of artisanal spirits production.
Halewood Artisanal Spirits Australia opened its doors for trading in 2019. Besides selling a range of local artisanal spirits, the company sells a wide range of imported award-winning artisanal spirits from Halewood’s UK portfolio.
A small dedicated sales force has been serving the independents and on-trade with a growing presence in National accounts; the business has achieved growth of over 100,000pa cases since operations began and commenced selling in New Zealand into 2020.
With its own distribution to the burgeoning Bangkok on-trade and the country’s major supermarket chains (Mall Group, Tops, Foodland, Villa Market), we focus on the company’s core Whitley Neill, J.J. Whitley, Dead Man’s Fingers and Crabbie’s Scotch Whisky portfolios. S.E.A. Beverages is also expanding the company’s distribution to bars, hotels and restaurants in Samui, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.
To celebrate Bangkok’s growing cocktail and gin culture, Halewood opened the Whitley Neill Bar, The Baobab Bar, in the city’s trendy Thonglor neighbourhood in October 2019.
Halewood China became a full subsidiary of the Halewood Group in 2016. Today, the 11-strong team work closely with major distributors in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu, to drive presence of Halewood’s artisanal spirits portfolio across the country. In the off trade there are now over 200 stores across China stocking Halewood’s core products, as well as over 300 bars and hotels. The business is also growing its eCommerce offer, with the range now listed in the likes of Taobao, T-mall and JD.com.
While already having a footprint in market through Crabbie’s Ginger Beer (the country’s number one alcoholic ginger beer), Halewood Artisanal Spirits Canada established a permanent office in Canada in 2019, and has quickly positioned itself as the purveyor of some of the UK’s finest premium spirits.
A small dedicated sales team, working alongside one of Canada’s more respected and established distributors – Authentic Wines & Spirit Merchants – has quickly developed itself in market, leading to a number of key listings across the provinces, including Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, which is already the fastest growing gin within Canada.
Halewood Germany started trading in September 2020. The business is focused on growing Halewood’s portfolio of core spirits within all key retailers and in the on premise, whilst also driving online strategy through TheDropStore.de and Amazon.de.
Thedropstore.de launched in October 2020, and since then has turned over in excess of €700k – successfully delivering a direct to consumer solution in a strong e-commerce market. Through the website the business is able to launch products, drive trial and awareness of core brands, whilst also offering merchandise direct to consumers.