Biggar and Leith names European commercial director

Spirits creator, importer and distributor Biggar and Leith has appointed Tim Dunlop to the newly created position of European commercial director.

Biggar and Leith’s portfolio includes: Shanky’s Whip whiskey liqueur, Butterfly Cannon Tequila, Hotel Starlino aperitivo liqueurs and Maraschino cherries, and Stambecco amaro.

Dunlop will be tasked with leading the sales teams in several regions, focusing on the on- and off-trade, spanning specialist retailers and e-commerce sites.

“I’m proud to take on such a fundamental role in the growth of Biggar and Leith, and to be part to be part of such a brilliant business with such strong brands and a passionate team. The company is growing, and it’s an exciting place to be. I’m looking forward to being a driving force in its success and expansion in coming years.

“Not only are the products, brands and marketing highly executed and unique in their proposition, they are expertly created and brilliantly activated – plus they fit into today’s contemporary lifestyles and taste preferences for liqueurs, aperitivos, vermouths, amaros and spirits. To my colleagues across the industry, I can’t wait to introduce the portfolio to you.”

Dunlop brings more than 12 years of experience to the company. His previous roles include brand director across leading spirits brands, distilleries and RTDs (ready-to-drink) at Hammonds of Knutsford.

Dunlop has also worked as head of e-commerce and premium retail at Mangrove.

Biggar and Leith believes Dunlop’s expertise will help the company to grow its footprint in key markets across the retail and hospitality sectors.

Dunlop will report to Biggar and Leith founder Elwyn Gladstone, who commented: “Tim joins us as we embark on a period of significant investment, expansion and growth in the UK and European markets specifically but also around the world. He will play a key role in the immediate and future success of the business.

“The drinks category is evolving and changing at pace and we need to ensure we are prepared for the exciting times ahead and ready to meet new consumer demand and preferences to keep us ahead of the game.

“We’re thrilled to have someone of Tim’s calibre, experience and capabilities joining our team as we continue to strengthen and consolidate our position in the competitive drinks marketplace.

“We’re confident his personality, tenacious approach and expertise will translate into effective results for the company and our customers.”

Biggar and Leith was established in 2015 and is headquartered in New York, US.

Its portfolio also includes Gladstone Axe malt Scotch and Spytail rum.

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Author: Melita Kiely