Phillips Distilling to distribute Marca Negra mezcal

16th May, 2017 by Kristiane Sherry

Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Co has added ultra-premium mezcal brand Marca Negra to its distribution portfolio, expanding its presence in the “leading edge” category.

Marca Negra offers six mezcal expressions based on agave varietals – Espadín, Dobadan, Tobalá, Ensamble, San Martin, and Tepeztate – each made in different locations and to a different style.

Production processes are fully organic, with the resulting mezcals typically bottled between 95 and 105 proof (47.5-52.5% abv).

The brand will join Meteoro Mezcal in the Phillips Distilling portfolio

“For a while now, we have been hearing from mixologists across the country about their increased interest in mezcal, we have been searching for the perfect opportunity to join this leading edge category,” said Mike Duggan, CEO of Phillips Distilling Co.

“In Marca Negra we found the ideal ultra-premium partner to complement brands like Prairie Organic Spirits, Tomatin Scotch, Casa Centinela Tequilas and La Hechicera Aged Rum to balance our ultra-premium portfolio. We couldn’t be more honoured to welcome Marca Negra to our family.”

Pedro Quintanilla, Marca Negra co-founder and managing partner, added: “Mezcal Marca Negra is poised for growth in the North American market. Given the interest in mezcal among US consumers, it was important for us to partner with a company that not only understands the intricacies of artisanal spirits, but also has the resources to amplify our reach.

“We were very impressed with Phillips Distilling Co’s proven track record and could not have asked for a better partner to help us grow our brands.”

Marca Negra is currently rolling out across the US priced from US$54.99-$199.99 per 750ml bottle.

Phillips Distilling Co has roots tracing back to 1912 when it was a newsagent and sweet shop. After Prohibition, the firm started distributing alcohol products, and developed its own in-house product, Phillips Peppermint Schnapps, in 1935.

4 Responses to “Phillips Distilling to distribute Marca Negra mezcal”

  1. Carlos Sada says:

    Dear Kristiane,

    I am writing to you to clarify your article. The original statement released by Phillips Distilling Co. has been taken out of context, we have only given the import and distribution rights to Phillips Disitilling Co for our brand in the US and Canada, NOT the ownership of the brand, Can you please clarify this, we will highly appreciate it.

    Best regards,

    Carlos Sada
    International Sales and Marketing VP.

    • Annie Hayes says:

      Dear Carlos,

      Thank you for getting in touch. Apologies for any inaccuracy in the original story, we have now updated the piece as requested. The news was taken from a press release, which we also understand has been updated.

      Kindest regards,

      Annie Hayes

  2. This note is not correct. Nor has Mezcal Marca Negra been sold or is for sale. Phillips Distilling Co. and our company recently signed a distribution agreement for the US and Canada. Nothing more. Being your publication a very credible source for industry related news, this situation has created diverse problems for us. So we hear by kindly ask you to please review and correct this note in the most urgent manner.

    Sincerely,

    Pedro Quintanilla,
    Founder and CEO
    Mezcal Marca Negra
    Mezcal Meteoro

    • Annie Hayes says:

      Dear Pedro,

      Thank you for getting in touch. Apologies for any inaccuracy in the original story, we have now updated the piece as requested. The news was taken from a press release, which we also understand has been updated.

      Kindest regards,

      Annie Hayes

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