Halewood strengthens partnership with West Cork Distillers

26 July, 2016

Halewood Wine & Spirits has snapped up a “significant stake” in West Cork Distillers.

The activity is designed to further strengthen its partnership in jointly developing and distributing the Irish whiskey portfolio.

Halewood already distributes West Cork’s products across eight global markets and it plans to jointly expand its global reach through this new agreement. It has already been working closely with West Cork, the producer and global distributor of The Pogues Whiskey, since acquiring a 50% stake in the brand earlier this year.

The West Cork range also includes West Cork Blended Whiskey and a 10-year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, aged in sherry casks. These will be joined by a small batch release of a 12 year-old sherry cask whiskey later in the year.

The company was set up in 2003 and it has achieved notable success as one of the only two independent distillers in Ireland.

Stewart Hainsworth, chief executive of Halewood, commented: “This purchase reflects our commitment to working with West Cork Distillers to develop a long-term partnership for the Distillery, Skibbereen and the beautiful County of Cork. West Cork Distillers has a great brand story to tell, and their innovation and passion for whiskey will help to deliver further success.”

John O’Connell, MD and cofounder of West Cork Distillers added: “This partnership offers a great opportunity to take the business forward.  It strengthens our offering in new markets whilst supporting our existing, and greatly valued, distribution partners to greater degree through the development of a cohesive marketing strategy.  We are looking forward to the future; Halewood is a great partner to have in your corner.”




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