This Liverpool-based, family-owned business has focused on distilling, brewing and distribution to create a portfolio of artisanal spirits and craft beers. The firm has seen rapid growth of profits by 206% to £14.3m, driven by its premium gin brand Whitley Neill. It has invested £50m in building a new Scottish malt whisky distillery in Edinburgh, for its John Crabbie brand, after completing its Welsh malt whisky distillery for its Aber Falls brand. The company also owns the City of London Distillery, Liverpool Distillers, Hawkshead Brewery and Sadler’s Ales. Under chief executive Stewart Hainsworth, 50, it is expanding overseas, opening operating units in Australia, America and Russia.
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