14 September 2014 00:54

Sazerac Announces New Specialty and Craft Division

New Orleans- based Sazerac Company has announced an addition to their current family of companies - Bond & Royal Spirits Company - focused on developing brands within the specialty and craft spirits space.

From the bar, a company was born. In 1850, Aaron Bird moved into the Merchants Exchange Coffeehouse and rechristened it the Sazerac Coffeehouse; then began to acquire and market brands of liquor. He bought the rights to Peychaud's Bitters in 1873. In the 1890s his company began to bottle and market the Sazerac cocktail, now made with rye whiskey instead of brandy. In addition, the company operated the Sazerac Bar on Royal Street. Later, Thomas Handy's former secretary, C. J. O'Reilly, chartered the Sazerac Company. Ever since (except for a stint as a delicatessen and grocery vendor during Prohibition), the Sazerac Company has distilled an ever-increasing line of fine spirits. Today, still an independent, American family owned company, Bond & Royal is the newest addition to the family, aiming to further build on the company's history and heritage.

The new company will immediately be dedicated to nurturing and building existing brands identified as players within the growing specialty & craft universe in the US, while building expertise through educational and industry resources across several categories. Gemini Spirits & Wine, a subsidiary of Sazerac, serves as the home for the majority of these brands today and the new division will operate in conjunction with Gemini.

Ken Kwarta, General Manager of Gemini Spirits & Wine, comments "Since its inception, Gemini has partnered with some of the greatest spirits producers in the world. As we continue to grow and add new business, we are committed to developing the appropriate resources in the US marketplace to meet the growing demands of our customers and consumers."

Over the next several months, the full launch of Bond & Royal will include a team of focused sales specialists, new brands and import partners coming on board, as well as marketing, PR, industry relations and educational programs. The company's focus will immediately be around the award-winning specialty and craft brands from the Gemini portfolio including Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Banks Rum, Siete Leguas Tequila, Campo de Encanto Pisco, Dimmi Liquore di Milano, Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch and the Casa San Matias Tequilas. Additional brands will be vetted and added to the portfolio as fitting with the company's strategy.

Megan Hurtuk, head of marketing for Bond & Royal, notes "Our partners are true masters of their crafts, whose passion and experience- not to mention phenomenal products- inspire us daily. Our vision for B&R is to further spread the story of these high integrity spirits and develop additional brands, while fueling the energy, knowledge and overall conversation amongst the core of this burgeoning scene."