Forest Gin has secured its first export deal following the Prime Minister’s trade trip to strengthen ties with Tokyo.
The deal, which will be the small-batch distillery’s first foray into international markets, is estimated to bring in up to £140,000 in revenues over the next five years.
The family firm’s first foreign trade deal comes after Prime Minister Theresa May embarked on a trade trip to strengthen the UK’s ties with Japan.
Karl Bond, who runs the firm with his wife Lindsay, said: “As a tiny distillery, it is amazing for us to see Forest Gin available around the world.
“From being a hobby in our kitchen, to become the only gin in the world to be awarded two separate double-gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirit awards, to now being available throughout Japan, it’s just incredible for our family.”
Forest Gin is supplied throughout the UK with significant markets in Manchester, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I’m delighted that Forest Gin have secured their first overseas contract with Japan.
“Lindsay and Karl’s firm is the exact sort of British producer that can thrive in international markets, with a high-quality product that has won awards, and I wish them every success for the future of their business.
“I believe that the closer trading relationship we are seeking with countries like Japan will only open up further opportunities for companies like theirs.”
The Macclesfield-based distillery has had help from The Department for International Trade over the last few months, along with many other SMEs, to help them gain a better understanding of international markets and form links with importers.
International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox added: “The award-winning Forest Gin is already blazing a trail not only for companies in the North West but the whole of the UK.
“There is great demand for the UK’s goods and services from Japan and the many countries I have visited across the world.”