Three of Northumberland’s leading drinks companies - the producers of the iconic Lindisfarne Mead, Alnwick Rum and Alnwick Brewery’s beer brands - have joined forces.
Harry Hotspur Holdings, the parent company of the Alnwick based brands, has acquired a major shareholding in Lindisfarne Limited, whose unique products, manufactured exclusively on Holy Island, are now exported to Europe, the USA and other countries.
Keith Stephenson, Ian Robinson and Christopher Walwyn-James, Directors of Harry Hotspur Holdings, will be working closely with members of the Hackett family who have run Lindisfarne Ltd since 1962.
The Lindisfarne Winery attracts around 250,000 visitors every year and its 11-strong team produces 75,000 bottles of mead annually as well as a range of liqueurs, fruit wines and confectionery.
Future plans for the company include looking at the development of new products, the winery, craft shop and warehousing space.
The Alnwick Brewery Company has established a strong reputation for its growing range of eight traditional beers, including Amber, Brown Ale, IPA and Scotch Ale. It has plans to restore brewing to the historic town of Alnwick in a development that will also include dining facilities and a shop promoting the best of the region’s food and drink.
Christopher says: “We are looking forward to working with the Hackett family and the team that has created an iconic company with a fantastic range of products and a world-wide reputation.
“Alnwick Rum, now in its centenary year, was successfully reintroduced to the market in 2003 and has been sold in the Lindisfarne Winery for some time now. We also recently introduced a blended rum liqueur, Percy Warmer, with the help of Lindisfarne Ltd. Our companies are an excellent fit.”