Food NI member Copeland Spirits in Northern Ireland has become the first local gin brand to be listed with German discounter, Aldi. The brand’s ‘Rhuberry’ flavoured gin is currently listed in the supermarket chain’s stores in Ireland.
Copeland Spirits, based at Saintfield in county Down, was established in 2016, following a successful crowdfunding campaign by founder Gareth Irvine.
The range now boasts two permanent lines, ‘Rhuberry’, which will be carried by Aldi Ireland and ‘Raspberry and Mint’. Both flavours feature herbs and fruits grown in Northern Ireland, championing the produce and skill of local farmers.
The ‘Rhuberry’ flavour is a collaboration with Finlay’s Farm Balloo and showcases the quality of rhubarb and blackberry, both grown locally and carefully selected. With a 37.8% ABV, this gin defies the perception of flavoured gins in that it has all of the flavour of a liqueur, yet offers all of the artisan quality of a premium gin.
Commenting on the new listing with Aldi Ireland, founder of Copeland Spirits, Gareth Irvine said: “Our range aims to provide the consumer with gins that excite but it’s us who are the most-excited at the minute. To be listed in Aldi Ireland, after such a short time in business is both a testament to our unique offering and the quality of NI produce.
“It’s incredible to represent the local gin scene across Aldi Ireland’s stores and share a taste of Northern Ireland with consumers. Our gin is more than just a gin, it’s a bottling of Northern Ireland’s great outdoors and a celebration of our local produce and skilful farmers.
“Copeland Spirits began as a crowdfunding campaign and now we’re a local a crowd favourite. It’s both rewarding and motivating to experience the level of support we have from the Northern Ireland consumer and we look forward to continuing to surprise and excite with further new listings, new flavours and more.”