US export win a confidence boost for Shropshire gin distillers

Whether it’s rhubarb and custard, orange marmalade or strawberry that tickles your taste buds, there’s no doubt about it, the UK is a nation of gin drinkers.

And as popularity for British gin continues to grow, it would seem countries around the globe are also on the hunt for a tipple or two of the good stuff.

According to latest figures, the UK exported £617.7m worth of gin products last year and local distillers are continuing to up their efforts to tap into buoyant international markets.

Dorking-based producer GinKing is one example of a UK company taking advantage of such opportunities in the alcohol industry with bosses recently securing a new £90,000 export win with a wine merchant in the United States.

Founded just two years ago GinKing has pushed the boundaries of gin-making coming up with a unique product which combines gin and wine.

According to an article in the Business Leader the company’s product will be stocked in around 350 Cost Plus World Market stores as part of the US deal.

The news is likely to send a strong signal to small, independent distillers that the rest of the world is ready to do business with the UK.

Shropshire itself is home to a number of small gin distillers including Kirkwood Distillery in Ludlow, the Shropshire Distillery in Ellesmere and Henstone Distillery in Oswestry to name but a few and we’re sure this latest news will boost confidence within the industry locally.

At Global Freight Services we have certainly witnessed a surge in the number of alcohol exports over the last two years and as the gin renaissance continues to boom it’s likely to become one of our key growth areas.

If you’re in the alcohol industry and want to start exporting your products abroad we can help plan your strategy and support you with your international trade goals.

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