Diageo has reached agreement to acquire Chase Distillery, the owner of Chase GB Gin and Chase Original Potato Vodka.
Founded in 2008 by entrepreneur William Chase, the Chase Distillery portfolio includes seven gins, four vodkas and an elderflower liqueur. In addition to Chase GB Gin, a smooth, full-bodied gin, perfectly balanced with juniper, spice and citrus, Chase has created a number of flavoured gins including Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo, Seville Marmalade and Rhubarb & Bramley Apple Gin. The portfolio also includes Williams Elegant 48 Gin, made using 48 rare varieties of apple from 200-year old orchards.
Awarded ‘World’s Best Tasting Vodka’ at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Chase Original Potato Vodka is batch produced in a copper pot still, with 250 British potatoes going into every bottle.
The distillery has a focus on sustainability – its spirits portfolio is distilled from scratch using British-grown potatoes, apples and all-natural botanicals on the Chase Farm in Herefordshire. The steam energy used to run the distillery is produced on site from a biomass boiler powered by prunings from the apple orchard, with potato waste used as fertiliser to feed the Farm’s cattle.
The UK is the largest gin market in Europe and between 2014 and 2019, grew at a compound annual growth rate of 17.4%. Within the UK gin category, the premium plus segment is growing at more than twice the rate of the total UK gin category, with a compound annual growth rate of 40% between 2014 and 2019.
Gin brands currently make up only around 4% of Diageo’s spirits portfolio, but net sales of its gin brands rose 22% in 2019, with Gordon’s and Tanqueray delivering double digit growth.
Dayalan Nayager, Managing Director, Diageo Great Britain, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing such a quintessentially British portfolio of high quality, crafted brands into our family. We are excited about the growth opportunity within the premium plus segment and are very much looking forward to working with the Chase team to build on the portfolio’s considerable potential.”
William Chase, Founder and Chairman, Chase Distillery, added: “It’s inspiring to have Diageo invest in Chase Distillery’s future. They believe in the potential of our field to bottle spirits and will build on our mission to develop our sustainable distillery in Herefordshire.”
The acquisition is expected to close in early 2021 subject to regulatory clearances.