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Gunpowder Gin's Recent Award Win Leads To 25 New Jobs At Shed Distillery

By Donna Ahern
Gunpowder Gin's Recent Award Win Leads To 25 New Jobs At Shed Distillery

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin's recent win of the 'Best Spirit' and 'Best Gin' titles at the recent Flaviar Awards 2019, has lead to the creation of 25 more job at the Leitrim distillery.

The event which took place in New York, in March earlier this year has accelerated the creation of the new jobs at The Shed Distillery, which will bring the number of employees to 60, the company said.

Pressing Ahead 

Amidst Brexit uncertainty, distillery founder Patrick J Rigney said the whole sector had to work harder and find creative solutions.

Brexit implications are a challenge for everybody in our sector," Rigney said.

"We are pressing ahead with investment in our €2 million Visitor Experience and new job creation, but we’re always sleeping with one eye open.”

'One To Watch'

'Flaviar is one of the world’s most competitive drinks contests, which awards ‘Best Spirit’ gongs to only five of the 22,000 eligible premium spirits brands each year,'  the spirit-maker said in a statement.

“The Flaviar Awards is tipping this Irish gin as one to watch," said Flaviar co-founder Jugoslav Petkovic.

"Once you taste Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin you can absolutely see why - It’s a real explosion of flavour in a bottle."

"Our members are raving about it,” he added.

New Markets 

The international response to Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin winning the Best Gin ‘Oscar’ was a welcome confidence boost, adding new overseas markets including Singapore, Spain, Latvia and Malaysia.

A listing by Finland’s Government Monopoly chain, Alko marks the 50th international market win for the Leitrim brand, a remarkable milestone so early in the brand’s life-cycle.

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