My craft drink journey started as an award-winning independent retailer in the Cotswolds, winning both the Taste of Gloucestershire Award for Best Independent Café in 2011 and the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Award for Best Independent Retailer in 2012, where our focus was on sourcing the very best local food and drink.
I started The Craft Drink Co in 2014, having noted a distinct lack of distribution support for local drink producers, and in our first year we helped 12 drink brands find quite a few new trade customers. Our business has grown since then and we now work closely with around 150 drink producers from Central England, helping them to reach both retail stockists and hospitality businesses. We supply around 800 independent outlets across our region with a professional and highly service-led drinks wholesale offering, helping these trade business source amazing drinks, and subsequently purchase ongoing through our weekly delivery pattern.
We see enormous potential for local or regional drink brands that have a superb liquid and unique story to tell, and a great business opportunity for those stockists that see the light and stock local, craft drinks.
Away from work (albeit rarely!) I spend time with my family, play tennis and endeavour to keep the pounds off whilst continuing to search for more great drinks. Someone has to do it! I have many favourites and occasionally return to Gloucester Gold or Cotswolds Dry Gin, but more likely I’ll be trying something new every day.