Yorkshire gin
Rebecca Wayman

Yorkshire gin specialist ready to export in East Asia

Yorkshire-based Harrogate Distillery, which produces Whittaker’s gin, is to export its spirits to China after sealing a deal with a local distributor.

Established by Toby and Jane Whittaker in 2015, Harrogate Distillery has a collection of small batch gins and spirits distilled in a Yorkshire-made still named Jezebel using natural spring water from Nidderdale.

The distillery produces gin which it sells under its own Whittaker’s brand, as well as Cassis Gin for UK-based department store Fortnum and Mason, and a mulberry flavoured gin for the Harewood Estate.

Toby Whittaker, said: “We’re delighted to agree this distribution deal with Lion Exports, supported by excellent legal advice from Bill Goodwin and the team at Ward Hadaway.

“We have ambitious plans to grow our overseas market and believe that Lion Exports has the expertise and connections to help boost our sales and increase profits.”

Plans were recently unveiled to expand with the construction of a whiskey distillery and visitor centre which it hopes will boost tourism and employment in the region.

The couple has now teamed up with distribution company Lion Exports in a bid to target the Chinese market, including Hong Kong and Macau.

Liam James of Lion Exports, added: “We believe that the Whittaker’s brand and products are ideally placed to do extremely well in the Chinese market.

“We are confident that our connections in the region, combined with our knowledge of the drinks sector, means that we are the right partner to represent them in this exciting opportunity.”

Legal work for the distribution deal between Harrogate Distillery and Lion Exports was completed by commercial partner Bill Goodwin supported by solicitor Rebecca Whisker of Leeds-based UK Top 100 law firm, Ward Hadaway.

Bill, who is both a commercial solicitor and chartered trade mark attorney, has also recently secured the UK trademark for Whittaker’s and is handling applications to protect the brand in numerous other countries globally, including China.

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