Kingsland empire swells with purchase of Bottle Green
Kingsland has snapped up wine and spirits supplier Bottle Green as it continues on its journey to becoming a one-stop shop for the retail trade.
Leeds-based Bottle Green is an off-trade focused supplier that has the Blue Nun and French Connection brands in its portfolio and reported a £34 million turnover for 2013-14.
It imports further wines from France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Chile, Germany and Australia.
Kingsland managing director Andy Sagar said: “As we continue on our journey to become the destination drinks company, we are extremely proud to bring Bottle Green into the Kingsland family.
“We are pleased to be able to take on board some great people and producers, helping us increase our presence and offer in all the markets we service.
“The two strong businesses can continue to operate independently, however the management teams will explore how best to collaborate and identify integration synergies across all areas.”
Last year Kingsland merged with spirits subsidiary Legacy to consolidate its different businesses under the Kingsland umbrella, which also includes the Stratford’s fine wine business it bought in 2012.
Last year it also increased its bulk wine offering and it recently added a carbonation bottling line at its Manchester base to capitalise on the soaring fortunes of sparkling wine in the UK.
Frank Fenn, managing director at DCC Food & Beverage, which is selling Bottle Green to Kingsland, said; “We look forward to seeing Bottle Green and its employees continue to grow and develop under Kingsland’s ownership.”