Cotswolds Distillery plans ‘significant’ expansion
UK-based Cotswolds Distillery has revealed plans to expand its distillery, which will see it become the largest producer of English whisky.
The expansion, which is taking place at the producer’s site near Shipston-on-Stour in England, will enable the distillery to produce 500,000 litres of alcohol per year. The Cotswolds Distillery raised £1.5 (US$1.8m) million for expansion in 2017. It will be commissioned over the summer of 2022.
Founder Daniel Szor said: “Since the launch of Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky in 2017, its spectacular growth in popularity has proven its ability to drive our premium brand both nationally and across key international markets.
“The long-term nature of whisky production, combined with our ambition to remain at the forefront of the fast-growing English whisky movement for years to come, is behind our decision to significantly upscale our whisky production.
“The priority for this ambitious expansion is retaining our signature quality and deliciousness and continuing to highlight our beautiful Cotswold homeland.”
Szor is leading the Cotswolds Distillery’s international growth in the company’s core markets, which include the US, France and Germany.
The distillery said it achieved sales growth of 30% in volume and 35% in value in 2021, compared with 2020.
Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky grew by 122% in the off-trade year on year in the 12 months leading up to 15 January 2022.
As part of the expansion, the distillery has appointed Lynsey Eades as international sales and global travel retail director, to spearhead growth in international and travel retail markets.
Eades previously held positions at consumer goods firm Mars, Rémy Cointreau and Godiva Chocolatier.
Cotswolds Signature Single Malt Whisky is available in Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose stores across the UK.