Photo L-R Anthea McIntyre MEP, Beata Davison, Andrew Carter (MD Chase Distillery Ltd), Anna Bird & Patrick Lewis
Andrew Carter, Managing Director of Chase Distillery Ltd joined the Herefordshire Conservative Business Breakfast Forum, (HCBF), as the guest speaker, at the Harewood End Inn Friday 31st May.
Andrew was brought up in the countryside in Buckinghamshire but now lives in Herefordshire. He has worked for a number of drinks companies across the world including Bacardi, Treasury Wine Estates and closer to home Bulmers and more recently he was a Director at Haygrove. He joined the Chase Board in 2018 and is responsible for the development of UK and International business for the company.
Chase Distillery is based at Rosemaund Farm in North Herefordshire. Most of the ingredients are home grown or locally sourced including the Herefordshire potatoes which were originally used in the famous Tyrells Crisps and now distilled onsite into vodka and gin. Hence the product is unique and a premium brand in the spirits market. Sales were £8.5m last year.
Andrew explained that the Chase brand focuses around four pillars:
Family Values, Field to Bottle, Quality and Pride (Britishness).
He stated that “success in business is due to innovation, the digital agenda and to keep moving forward.”
In his spare time Andrew is a keen cricket supporter and enjoys a flutter or two on jump racing!
Anthea McIntyre MEP, Chairman of HCBF later commented: “Andrew gave an excellent talk about Chase and the success of its gin brands. They were a great support towards the Herefordshire Exhibition which took place in February in the European Parliament in Brussels.”
Patrick Lewis commented in his vote of thanks” We are extremely lucky to have Chase based here in Herefordshire and to have entrepreneurs like Andrew and William Chase running successful business with international brands!”