Top 10 gin industry acquisitions

11th June, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

Beam Suntory and Sipsmith

One of the first major gin acquisitions over the past five years was Beam Suntory’s purchase of a controlling stake in London-based distiller Sipsmith in December 2016.

The deal enabled Sipsmith to grow internationally and develop a wider distribution network. Maker’s Mark owner Beam Suntory’s gin portfolio also includes Spanish brand Larios and Japanese gin Roku.

Sipsmith was founded in 2009 by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall.

From January 2019 to June 2019, Beam Suntory reported that sales of Sipsmith grew by double digits.

Last month, Sipsmith kicked off its new “experimental” Sipping Series with the release of a chilli and lime-flavoured gin.

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