Belfast Telegraph

Lisburn-made potato vodka is the toast of Big Apple

By Margaret Canning

A potato vodka made in Lisburn has won a silver medal at a major wine and spirits competition in New York.

RubyBlue Irish Potato Vodka was launched by Hughes Craft Distillery in Lisburn in May.

Barbara Hughes, commercial director of Hughes Craft Distillery, said: "Winning a silver medal at the first attempt in such a prestigious international competition is quite an achievement and is also a tremendous boost for our small batch vodka in the global marketplace.

"Since its launch in May, we've been focusing resources in building international sales. This award will be extremely important as we seek to drive exports forward faster.

"The award is important because it raises our profile in a key market, the US, and helps us as we seek to build distribution there. It enables us to use the award to gain greater recognition over competitors."

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Hughes Craft Distillery was set up in 2010 and also makes RubyBlue berry liqueurs in wild cranberry, wild blueberry, wild blackcurrant and chilli pepper.

Mrs Hughes runs the craft distillery with husband Stuart, who is managing director.

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