Blakemore Fine Foods has launched a new catalogue that showcases the best of British ales, ciders, wines and spirits.
Commercial director, Caoire Blakemore, said that Fine Foods has scoured the country to create the largest range of quality British alcohol with a catalogue that features in excess of 400 products from more than 80 different distilleries, cider mills and breweries.
Caoire said: “Britain now has more breweries per person than anywhere else in the world and we want to help raise the profile of these producers and give them access to a wider market.
“The craftsmanship demonstrated by the manufacturers that we have listed is of the highest quality and helps explain why consumer demand for such products is growing faster than ever before.”
The British Beer and Pub Association has recorded that beer sales are in growth for the first time in a decade with off-trade sales overtaking on-trade sales for the first time ever.
Caoire said that while sales to the mature, traditional real ale drinker remain strong, there is also growing demand from the younger, non-gender specific ale drinker increasingly being spotted at craft beer festivals nationwide.
Fine Foods trading controller, Patrice Garrigues, said: “Our catalogue reflects the latest trends by showcasing traditional long-established producers such as Yorkshire’s oldest brewery, Samuel Smith, right through to relative newcomers such as Tiny Rebel, creators of Cwtch, which was recently awarded the title of Britain’s Best Beer by CAMRA.
“However our range is far more extensive than ales and includes products such as Penderyn Welsh Malt Whisky through to Two Birds Absinthe, Chase Marmalade Vodka and Cornish Pastis from the Southwestern Distillery.”
The catalogue will be distributed to 1,500 retailers, independent pubs, farm shops and key lines will also be sold into Spar stores and the Blakemore Wholesale cash & carry estate.
Garrigues said: “We are doing what nobody else is currently doing in the marketplace by bringing such a comprehensive range of quality British alcohol together with customers able to order bulk, gift packs or single pick bottles.
The whole range can be ordered on line or over the phone on one minimum order of just £150.