Louth distillery merges with international brand

Alan, Amy, and young daughter Molly.Alan, Amy, and young daughter Molly.
Alan, Amy, and young daughter Molly.
Bottomley Distillers, famous for their award winning Pin Gin, has merged with Next Frontier Brands - which will result in a £5m investment over the next two years.

The founders, Alan Bottomley and Amy Conyard, are keen to stress that their own brand name will remain despite the merger, and their distillery will remain in Louth, on the Fairfield Industrial Estate.

Alan and Amy said: “The merger will see Bottomley move from their current space to one more than ten times the size to keep up with increased demand and production rates. Bottomley has seen exponential growth since its founding in 2016, with the merger providing a perfect catalyst to continue that trajectory.

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“Next Frontier Brands is a leading hemp-based beverage, beauty and wellness company, with offices in the United States and Europe, as well as Hong Kong and New Zealand. Bottomley Distillers will be the most recent addition to their fast-growing portfolio of globally recognized brands.”

Four years ago, Alan decided to distil spirits full time with the support of Amy and their daughter, Molly.

Pin Gin was born, and was enthusiastically received by the local community. Their trademark spirit has gone on to win multiple awards, both locally and nationally.

Alan said: “I am so proud that we have been able to honour my dad and create a future for our daughter.

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“I cannot wait to get stuck into the increase in production and to see our brands go to the next level.”

For Alan and Amy, the local community always remains at the heart of their work. Most recently that work included adapting their small distillery to commercially produce 15,000 litres of hand sanitiser to support NHS services and other charities through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Amy is a strong advocate for mental health awareness, and in early 2020 Bottomley partnered with St Barnabas Hospice to raise vital funds with the creation and sale of their ‘Est. 1982’ label gin.

The merger with Next Frontier will serve to further this growth while maintaining the ethos of a family-run 
local business. Reflecting on their success, Amy said: “We could have never imagined that we would achieve what we have in just four years.

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“We have worked tirelessly to build relationships county and countrywide and are immensely proud of being an integral part of putting Lincolnshire on the distillery map. We cannot wait for what the future holds with Next Frontier Brands and look forward to growing with them!”

As for the future of Bottomley, Dean Draper, Next Frontiers European Managing Director said the goal is simple: “We will use Next Frontiers expertise and international distribution platform to turn Pin Gin into a global brand”.

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