Female founders shaking up the spirits world

7th March, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers

As International Women’s Day approaches, The Spirits Business is celebrating the talents of nine women who have founded successful spirits brands across the world.

Freeland Spirits in Oregon is led by an all-female team

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day (8 March), and with the issue of equality striking up in every industry around the world, we felt it would be important to put a spotlight on the women taking charge in the spirits world.

It’s not just female master distillers, blenders, executives and bartenders who are taking the spirits industry to the next level, there are also a number of brands being founded and led by women.

Statistics cited by US drinks group Constellation Brands show that female-led businesses are the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurship in the US and generate two times the revenue per dollar versus the average non-women-owned businesses. However, only 2% of venture capital funding went to female-led companies in 2017.

This list is by no means definitive and there are plenty of other women-led brands in the industry that deserve to be celebrated too.

As this list focuses solely on spirits and cocktail brands, other drinks categories including tonics and soft drinks are also well-served with women including mixer line Double Dutch, founded by twin sisters Joyce and Raissa de Haas and British mixer brand Sekforde Drinks, co-founded by Talula White.

Click through the following pages to see some of the leading women shaking up the spirits world with their own brands. 

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