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New Northern Ireland gin and whiskey brand signs up Co Cork distributors

Confident: Dr Terry Cross OBE
Confident: Dr Terry Cross OBE
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

A newly launched Northern Ireland whiskey and gin distillery has signed a deal with independent Irish drinks distributor Barry and Fitzwilliam to distribute its Ninth Wave and Hinch brands in the South.

Hinch Distillery, which launched its £15m distillery and visitor experience in Belfast last month, said the deal with the Cork-based firm will help raise the profile and presence of its brands across the country.

Hinch was created by well-known Northern Ireland entrepreneur Dr Terry Cross OBE, who was behind the Delta Print and Packaging Limited company before selling it to Finnish packaging giant Huhtamaki in 2016 for £80m.

Dr Cross' new business, which is located between Belfast and Co Down town Ballynahinch, produces a premium whiskey collection of various maturities and profiles, all originally sourced from some of the most reputable whiskey producers in Ireland.

Hinch Whiskey and the company's gin brand, Ninth Wave, are already distributed across the world.

Dr Cross said: "Our products have secured listings in 25 countries globally but Ireland is our homeland and we are delighted to have Barry and Fitzpatrick as our distributors here. We know they have a track record of looking after some of the world's biggest wine and spirits brands and as a relatively new brand we feel confident that Hinch can make its mark in Ireland with their help."

Michael Barry, managing director of Barry and Fitzwilliam, said: "We are delighted to be working with the Hinch team to bring these exceptional products to the Irish consumer."

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