ecoSPIRITS Launches in the Cayman Islands in Partnership With Agua Hospitality Group and True Believers

GEORGE TOWN 28 June 2022 ecoSPIRITS announced today the launch of closed loop service in the Cayman Islands under a Licensed Operator Agreement with Agua Hospitality Group, one of the islands’ leading hospitality operators. ecoSPIRITS Cayman Islands marks the arrival of closed loop spirits in ecoSPIRITS’ third island market, following launches earlier this year in Bermuda and the Seychelles. As part of the collaboration, Agua Hospitality Group will commence distribution of an exclusive portfolio of craft spirits, starting with True Believers brands. ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner brands Tried & True Vodka, Mackintosh Blended Malt Scotch, Los Arcos Destilado de Agave and Widges Gin will be will be available ecoTOTE format across the island from early July.

The Cayman Islands, comprised of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac, is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom and home to a population of 65,000. A Caribbean pioneer in conservation, the Cayman Islands established marine parks systems over 25 years ago, designating approximately 48% of its coastal waters as no-take zones to protect local marine life. One success is the remarkable turnaround of Cayman’s Nassau grouper, critically endangered by overfishing. Alongside financial services, tourism represent the Cayman Islands’ “twin pillars of economic development”, the latter accounting for 70% of GDP. Unspoiled beaches, duty-free shopping, scuba diving, and deep-sea fishing draw 2.3 millon visitors yearly, including more than 1.8 million cruise passengers, mostly American nationals. At times, four or five large cruise ships will visit daily, depositing 10,000 cruise tourists at a time in George Town, all eager to experience Caymanian hospitality and delightful local foods and drinks.

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

The Nassau grouper, an endangered species

Cruise ships in harbour, Cayman Islands

Agua Hospitality Group is one of the Cayman Island’s most respected hospitality operators. Founded in 2009 with Agua Restaurant, which became one of the islands’ most successful restaurants, the group opened Next Door Cocktail Bar in August 2021 and quickly secured a nomination for Best New International Cocktail Bar for Tales of the Cocktail 2022. The group plans to open three additional venues in 2022: starting in September 2022 with Aria Restaurant, a Mediterranean concept, and Allora Bakery & Café, a casual restaurant serving pizzas, gelato, café food, bakery items, and then a rooftop cocktail bar with ocean views and a party vibe in December 2022.

Next Door Cocktail Bar, George Town

Agua Restaurant, George Town

Wayne Epple, Group General Manager, Agua Hospitality Group & Managing Director, ecoSPIRITS Cayman Islands

Never had I thought there would be an opportunity for the hospitality and spirits industries to become a major sustainability player by reducing carbon emissions and eliminating single use glass – but this is exactly what ecoSPIRITS is doing globally. Here in the Cayman Islands, rising sea levels are impacting mangrove and marine life and single use packaging is contributing to landfill waste that burdens our limited landmass. The ecoSPIRITS closed loop technology provides a unique, sustainable solution by reducing CO2 emissions and landfill – as single use glass bottles don’t even arrive onshore. This is a huge step forward, something we are extremely proud to be a part of.

Zdenek Kastanek, International Sales Director, ecoSPIRITS

As we welcome the third island market to our global network, we are extremely proud to announce this partnership with Agua Hospitality Group, which will showcase their acclaimed bars and restaurants, their commitment to sustainable practices and our shared vision of positive local impact. With ecoSPIRITS global platform, we can support the Agua Hospitality Group partners’ work to reduce carbon emissions and have a positive impact on the local environment. There is nothing more exciting that to help bring the circular economy to natural treasures like the Cayman Islands.

As part of the new partnership, Agua Hospitality Group has set up a dedicated production and warehouse facility in George Town to host and operate ecoPLANT No. 027, the first ecoPLANT in the Caribbean region. Centrally located on Grand Cayman, with convenient access to most of the island’s hospitality venues, ecoPLANT No. 027 will be operated by Agua Hospitality Group staff who are trained and supported by ecoSPIRITS’ operations engineering team. Like Bermuda and the Seychelles, ecoSPIRITS Cayman Islands will join the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program, operating a fleet of blue Ocean Conservation edition ecoTOTEs and funding one kilogram of ocean waste recovery for each ecoTOTE delivered to bars, restaurants and hotels in the islands.

ecoPLANT No. 027 will be located in the islands’ capital, George Town

Tried & True Vodka in the Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTE 3.0SO

The first spirits to launch in ecoTOTE format in the Cayman Islands will come from True Believers, one of ecoSPIRITS’ most active brand partners. True Believers’ vision is to make quality, craft spirits affordable, while guaranteeing provenance with liquid from world class distillers. Committed to doing well by doing good, the True Believers brands are available across the ecoSPIRITS global closed loop network, with the Cayman Islands being the 11th market in the collaboration. Four True Believers spirits will be available in ecoTOTE format through ecoSPIRITS Cayman Islands: Tried & True Vodka, Widges Gin, Los Arcos Destilado de Agave and Mackintosh Blended Malt Scotch.


  • 75.7% reduction
  • 684g CO2e per bottle


Tried & True Vodka is distilled from organic soft winter wheat grown and milled in France. Proofed down to a cocktail appropriate 44% ABV using carefully filtered well water from the cognac region with zero additive policy.


  • 75.6% reduction
  • 780g CO2e per bottle


Widges London Dry Gin, 41.5% ABV, is distilled by one of the world’s most respected distilling teams, Maison Ferrand. They call upon their deep knowledge of juniper, gin and distillation to make this gin, developed by Jason ‘Widge’ Williams. The botanical mix brightens up cocktails and classic recipes.


  • 80.0% reduction
  • 553g CO2e per bottle


Los Arcos Destilado de Agave, 42.5% ABV, is made with only mature agave for a structured, full-flavoured profile, ideal for mixing and sipping, for those who appreciate traditional agave spirits. Distilled in the heart of Tequila with a commitment to sustainability and traditional methods.


  • 74.3% reduction
  • 730g CO2e per bottle


Mackintosh Blended Malt Whisky, 41% ABV, suitable for both cocktails and sipping, it is a blend of single malt whiskies from Highland and Speyside and married for six months in oloroso sherry cask. No grain whisky, no caramel, no chill filtering.


  • 75.7% reduction
  • 684g CO2e per bottle


Tried & True Vodka is distilled from organic soft winter wheat grown and milled in France. Proofed down to a cocktail appropriate 44% ABV using carefully filtered well water from the cognac region with zero additive policy.


  • 75.6% reduction
  • 780g CO2e per bottle


Widges London Dry Gin, 41.5% ABV, is distilled by one of the world’s most respected distilling teams, Maison Ferrand. They call upon their deep knowledge of juniper, gin and distillation to make this gin, developed by Jason ‘Widge’ Williams. The botanical mix brightens up cocktails and classic recipes.


  • 80.0% reduction
  • 553g CO2e per bottle


Los Arcos Destilado de Agave, 42.5% ABV, is made with only mature agave for a structured, full-flavoured profile, ideal for mixing and sipping, for those who appreciate traditional agave spirits. Distilled in the heart of Tequila with a commitment to sustainability and traditional methods.


  • 74.3% reduction
  • 730g CO2e per bottle


Mackintosh Blended Malt Whisky, 41% ABV, suitable for both cocktails and sipping, it is a blend of single malt whiskies from Highland and Speyside and married for six months in oloroso sherry cask. No grain whisky, no caramel, no chill filtering.

Dan Walker, CEO, True Believers

True Believers is thrilled to be partnering with Agua Hospitality Group. The high calibre of their venues was a natural fit for our portfolio, and we are looking forward to working with the team to spread the gospel of quality, affordable, independent spirits to other venues across the Cayman Islands. Single use glass is a global problem, but even more so for island nations like the Caymans Islands. We are proud to be joining forces with both Agua Hospitality Group and ecoSPIRITS to begin tackling this issue locally.

One of ecoSPIRITS Cayman Islands’ first venue partners will be the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, located on the world-famous Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Opened in 2016, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is the first ever AAA Five Diamond lifestyle resort on Grand Cayman and rated #1 in Best Cayman Islands Hotels by the U.S. News & World Report in 2022. The resort is home to 264 rooms and three dining outlets, all situated on an elevated perch above the sea and offering stunning views of turquoise waters and sun-bleached sands. As stewards of the environment, the Kimpton Seafire’s sustainability practices include funding the Seafire Guardians to protect and regenerate nearby coral reefs, a sustainability-forward design that includes turtle-friendly outdoor lighting, a ground-source geothermal air conditioning system, and rainwater harvesting.

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Grand Cayman

Coccoloba Bar & Grill at the Kimpton Seafire

Seven Mile Beach sunset views

Jim Wrigley, Beverage Manager, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

At Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, we are lucky enough to be surrounded by the beautiful beaches, clear blue sea, amazing flora, fauna and incredibly diverse sea life of the Cayman Islands. It’s massively important to us that we are both conscious and proactive in our efforts to maintain and sustain this environment, so we are fantastically excited to partner with ecoSPIRITS to help us reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible throughout the resort, as well as supporting and promoting the ocean conservation efforts.

For more information about Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, please contact reservations@seafireresortandspa.com. For Agua Hospitality Group, please contact Agua Restaurant info@agua.ky or Next Door Cocktail Bar info@nextdoor.ky For information on True Believers and its spirits brands, please contact office@truthinspirits.com. Brands, bars, restaurants and hotels interested in joining the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program in the Cayman Islands may contact Agua Hospitality Group via info@agua.ky or ecoSPIRITS via cayman@ecospirits.global.


About Agua Hospitality Group

Agua Hospitality Group was established in 2021 following extremely successful 12 years of Agua Restaurant. Twelve years ago, Italian owners Cristiano Vincentini and Walter Fajette established Agua Restaurant and Lounge to create a fresh and vibrant dining experience that avoided conventional Italian restaurant stereotypes. After relocating to Camana Bay’s breezy waterfront in 2018 and undergoing a menu refresh, this long-time favourite seafood restaurant continues to soar in popularity and innovation.

In 2021 with the recruitment of their Group General Manager, Wayne Epple, and the plans for major expansion in the group, they re-branded Agua into the “Agua Hospitality Group” and began expanding. Their next new venue was “Next Door”, a hotel inspired Cocktail Bar which focuses on local sustainable ingredients and local Caymanian bush medicine. In 2022, Next Door was awarded with the Tales of the Cocktail “Top 10 Honoree List” in the Best New International Cocktail bar category. With another 3 venues set to open late 2022, Agua Hospitality Group isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

For more information, please visit www.agua.ky


About Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

Opened in 2021, Seafire was the first new hotel to be built on the Island of Grand Cayman in a decade, The Seafire Resort + Spa transcends the typical Caribbean resort by becoming the first boutique resort. Boundless open-air architecture features commanding views of the sea at every turn, unfolding to meandering gardens, countless unexpected sanctuaries, and convivial gathering spaces. Escape effortlessly into a sensory adventure of choice, all with memorable Caymanian flavour and warm Kimpton spirit. For enquiries, please contact Kimpton Communications via media@kimptongroup.com

For general information, please visit www.seafireresortandspa.com


About True Believers

Completely dedicated to craft values, intrinsic quality, authenticity, provenance and transparency, True Believers offer one product per major category such as vodka, gin, scotch, bourbon, tequila, and rum. Each liquid offers true quality and credibility with archetypal flavour profiles and designed to delight bartenders and consumers. Present in the most prestigious venues in the world, True Believers brands are the original launch partners for ecoSPIRITS closed loop spirits distribution technology, playing their role in fighting single use glass. 

For more information, please visit www.truthinspirits.com


About The ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program

The ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program complements the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program for island nations that are most at risk from rising sea levels due to climate change. Highlighted by the striking blue Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTE, each order of an ecoTOTE by venue partners in participating islands nations funds the removal of one kilogram of single use plastic, glass and other man-made wastes from endangered coral reefs and waters. Using Green Steps Group’s proprietary “proof of impact” technology platform, cleanup operations are verified, monitored and reported through an industry-leading digital record. Ocean waste recovery benefits the venue partners and is jointly funded by ecoSPIRITS and our Climate Partner brands and distributors.

For more information on Green Steps Group, please visit www.greenstepsgroup.com


About ecoSPIRITS

ecoSPIRITS is a circular economy technology company that has developed the world’s first low carbon, low waste distribution technology for premium spirits and wine. Our patent-pending closed loop system nearly eliminates all packaging waste in the supply chain. By dramatically reducing packaging and transport, ecoSPIRITS provides both a powerful cost advantage and a transformative carbon footprint reduction.

Founded in Singapore in 2018, the ecoSPIRITS technology is now available in 11 countries and 30 cities across Asia Pacific. Europe and the Americas. More 1,000 leading bars, restaurants and hotels have adopted the technology, including Michelin-starred restaurants, World’s 50 Best and Asia’s 50 Best bars and iconic hotels. ecoSPIRITS is now rapidly building a global network of closed loop service, with coverage in 18 countries worldwide by mid-2022.

Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers and venues, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners are eliminating thousands of tons of single use glass waste, planting tens of thousands of trees, and inspiring others to change.

For more information, please visit www.ecospirits.global



ecoSPIRITS Bermuda Teams Up With Goslings Rum And The Hamilton Princess To Celebrate Local Launch

HAMILTON 28 April 2022 To mark the local launch of closed loop service in Bermuda, ecoSPIRITS and its Licensed Operator, Bermuda Gin Co., have teamed up with two iconic Bermudian brands, Goslings Rum and the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. As part of the launch, Goslings will join the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program and offer its best-selling rums in low-waste ecoTOTEformat across the island. The Hamilton Princess, Bermuda’s most storied hotel, is one of ecoSPIRITS Bermuda’s first venue partners and will offer a special celebration menu of sustainable Bermuda Gin Co. and Goslings Rum cocktails through July 2022.

Goslings is Bermuda’s oldest business and the largest exporter of a Bermuda-made product. Owned and operated by the seventh and eighth generations of the Gosling family, Goslings is a world-renown rum producer that operates Bermuda’s largest and only solar-powered spirits blending and bottling facility. As part of the new partnership, Goslings is hosting and operating ecoPLANT No. 026 on behalf of ecoSPIRITS Bermuda, acting as an expert operational partner for closed loop spirits processing for Bermuda.

ecoPLANT No. 026 is now operational in Hamilton, Bermuda

Assistant Master Blender and ecoPLANT Manager Alex Holmes at Goslings’ spirit blending and bottling facility

Goslings rums are based on family recipes and are blended by hand in Bermuda. The famed Goslings Black Seal Rum, itself from a 150-year old recipe, is the official rum of Bermuda, having long ago become synonymous with the island. Black Seal is an essential ingredient in Bermuda fish chowder and the spirit of Bermuda’s favourite cocktail, the Dark ‘n Stormy. Goslings’ Black Seal, Amber and Silver Rums will all be available in ecoTOTE format across Bermuda from the beginning of May. The transition away from traditional single use glass packaging will allow Goslings to eliminate an estimated 91.3% of the carbon footprint associated with packaging and distribution of their award-winning rums in Bermuda.

Ambrose Gosling, Managing Director, Gosling Brothers Limited

At Goslings, we are huge proponents of drinking responsibly and drinking sustainably. In 1860, we started by selling our rums directly from the barrel, with customers bringing their own bottles to fill. Then, in 1914, we began bottling our rums in champagne bottles that were reclaimed from the British Officers’ Mess. Now in 2022, we are proud to be partnering with ecoSPIRITS Bermuda to once again offer our rums in a sustainable package in an effort to reduce waste and carbon emissions.

Another Bermuda icon, the grand pastel-pink Hamilton Princess, has been a landmark on the waterfront of Bermuda’s capital city since 1885. Managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which is a subsidiary of Accor Hotels, the ‘Pink Palace’ has played host to Bermuda’s most discerning visitors for more than a century. With over 400 guest rooms, as well as a full service marina and private beach club, the hotel plays an important role in both business and leisure in Bermuda. Surrounded by lush greenery, Hamilton Princess is a short walk to downtown Hamilton. Renowned for its attentive levels of service, culinary and beverage offerings the Hamilton Princess is able to honour the fragrances and flavours of Bermuda.

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, a landmark on the waterfront of Bermuda’s capital city since 1885

To celebrate the launch of ecoSPIRITS Bermuda, the Hamilton Princess will offer two special sustainable cocktails for the months of May, June and July: a sustainable version of the iconic Dark ‘n Stormy Cocktail with Goslings Black Seal Rum and a sustainable Bermuda Gin & Tonic with White Roof Gin from Bermuda Gin Co. For each sustainable cocktail served, ecoSPIRITS, Goslings and Bermuda Gin Co. will fund the removal of one kilogram of ocean waste from marine environments under the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program. The collaboration is expected to remove up to two tonnes of ocean waste over the three-month launch period. The partnership builds on ecoSPIRITS’ longstanding relationship with Accor Hotels, which has included similar collaborations with Raffles Hotel Singapore and The Savoy Hotel London.

A sustainability celebration menu at the Hamilton Princess Hotel in Bermuda

Tim Morrison, General Manager, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club

As an island nation at risk from climate change and rising sea levels “The Princess” is very pleased to be the first hotel to join the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program. By reducing the level of single use glass in our hotel this exciting collaboration embraces our commitments to the hotel’s Planet 21 sustainability program, reduces our carbon footprint, and aids in protecting beautiful beaches through the ocean waste recovery program. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is very proud to be leading the way with our local partners the Bermuda Gin Company and Goslings, in bringing this closed loop circular spirit technology to the island.”

Roy Fellowes, Founder, Bermuda Gin Co.

ecoSPIRITS offers a global technology solution to reduce carbon emissions and waste in the spirits distribution industry that collectively we have adapted to local resources and capabilities in Bermuda. We are proud to be the ecoSPIRITS Licensed Operator for Bermuda, and delighted to welcome Goslings to the platform as a pioneering partner. Their company’s contributions to Bermuda over the years are substantial, and they will now play an important role in shaping the future of sustainable spirits here. We look forward to seeing everyone soon for a sustainable cocktail at the beautiful Hamilton Princess.

For more information about the Hamilton Princess and for restaurant or bar reservations, please contact Ham.DiningReservations@Fairmont.com or call: +1 (441) 298-2028. Brands, bars, restaurants and hotels interested in joining the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program in Bermuda may contact Bermuda Gin Co. via email at info@bermudaginco.com or bermuda@ecospirits.global.


About Goslings Rum

A family business for over 200 years, Goslings Rum is Bermuda’s largest export product and the only company that blends and bottles rum on the island. First sold in the United States in 1980, Goslings now exports five distinctive, award-winning rums: Goslings Black Seal Rum, Goslings Gold Seal Rum, Goslings 151 Proof Black Seal Rum, Goslings Family Reserve Old Rum, and Goslings Papa Seal Single Barrel Bermuda Rum. Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer, crafted specifically for use in the trademarked Goslings Dark ’n Stormy® cocktail, is the number-one selling ginger beer in the United States. Goslings also markets a ready-to-drink Dark ‘n Stormy® cocktail in a can. Goslings is available in all 50 US states as well as the UK, most EU countries, the Caribbean, Canada, Australia and several Asian markets.

For more information about Goslings Rum, visit www.goslingsrum.com and follow @GoslingsRum.


About Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club

Since 1885, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, has reigned as Bermuda’s “Grande Dame” and has been a symbol of all that Bermudians hold dear—courtesy, hospitality and quality with an unequalled sense of style. An architectural treasure on Hamilton’s harbourfront for more than 130 years, the hotel continues to host royalty, world leaders and dignitaries, celebrities, business travellers and visitors from around the world. The recently renovated Hamilton Princess & Beach Club offers 400 elegant guestrooms, including 43 suites, and more than 30,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor reception and meeting rooms in a peaceful paradise.

For more information, please visit www.thehamiltonprincess.com.


About Bermuda Gin Co.

Bermuda Gin Co., a local, family-owned business was established by Roy Fellowes in October 2019 with the launch of their first product, Pink House gin. White Roof, a classic London dry gin hit the local market in June 2020. Both gins are hand crafted in small batches and are unique in both taste and design. Pink House and White Roof can be found in bars, restaurants and hotels throughout Bermuda, and are available for retail purchase from many supermarkets and liquor stores on the Island. Our mission is to put Bermuda on the gin map of the world by producing locally inspired gin products to capture the spirit and uniqueness of Bermuda itself.

For more information please visit www.bermudaginco.com.


About the ecoSPIRITS Ocean Program

The ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program complements the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program for island nations that are most at risk from rising sea levels due to climate change. Highlighted by the striking blue Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTE, each order of an ecoTOTE by venue partners in participating islands nations funds the removal of one kilogram of single use plastic, glass and other man-made wastes from endangered, coral reefs and waters. Using Green Steps Group’s proprietary “proof of impact” technology platform, cleanup operations are verified, monitored and reported through an industry-leading digital record. Ocean waste recovery benefits the venue partners, but is jointly funded by ecoSPIRITS and our Climate Partner brands and distributors.

For more information on Green Steps Group, please visit www.greenstepsgroup.com.



ecoSPIRITS Releases Intelligent Circular Roadmap, With Industry Leader Diageo as Launch Customer

SINGAPORE 19 April 2022 ecoSPIRITS released today a roadmap for an Intelligent Circular™ future in closed loop spirits and wine. Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, will be the launch customer for ecoSPIRITS’ newest smart technologies in a pilot collaboration in Southeast Asia, with the view of a later rollout across the Asia Pacific region. The collaboration will feature two of Diageo’s leading spirit brands, Smirnoff Vodka and Captain Morgan Rum. ecoSPIRITS’ Intelligent Circular vision will transition its existing portfolio of circular hardware innovation into a global platform of Internet of Things (IoT) hardware, software and data. The Intelligent Circular roadmap is designed to bring circular spirits and wine to new levels of scale, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Under the roadmap, ecoSPIRITS’ core hardware portfolio the ecoPLANT, ecoTOTE and SmartPourare being upgraded with IoT capability, sensing, tracking and smart features and integrated with a new CircularONEsoftware platform. This fusion of hardware and software innovation will dramatically improve closed loop performance. The upgrades will also enable the entire circular platform to generate valuable operational and commercial data for the system usersthe growing network of brands, importers, distributors, wholesalers and hospitality venues that make up the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program.

ecoSPIRITS’ expanded portfolio of hardware & software technologies

The first technology release under the Intelligent Circular roadmap is the ecoSPIRITS SmartPour 2.0S, a patent-pending, intelligent dispense solution that is WiFi-enabled and powered by CircularONE. The SmartPour 2.0S offers ecoTOTE tracking, supply chain authentication, depletion reporting, and other smart features. Designed to completely enclose an ecoTOTE 3.0S and offer accurate, one-button spirit pours, the SmartPour 2.0S features an aluminium casing, warm LED lighting, and an LCD display screen. The overall aesthetic and functionality makes the SmartPour 2.0S suitable for front-of-house environments in hospitality venues, offering compelling co-branding opportunities to brand partners.

The new SmartPour 2.0S, Smirnoff Vodka & Captain Morgan Rum Editions

The first technology release under the Intelligent Circular roadmap is the ecoSPIRITS SmartPour 2.0S, a patent-pending, intelligent dispense solution that is WiFi-enabled and powered by CircularONE. The SmartPour 2.0S offers ecoTOTE tracking, supply chain authentication, depletion reporting, and other smart features. Designed to completely enclose an ecoTOTE 3.0S and offer accurate, one-button spirit pours, the SmartPour 2.0S features an aluminium casing, warm LED lighting, and an LCD display screen. The overall aesthetic and functionality makes the SmartPour 2.0S suitable for front-of-house environments in hospitality venues, offering compelling co-branding opportunities to brand partners.

The new SmartPour 2.0S, Smirnoff Vodka & Captain Morgan Rum Editions

As part of the collaboration with Diageo, ecoSPIRITS will deploy the new SmartPour 2.0S first in Bali and Jakarta in Indonesia to select bars, restaurants and hotels with two of Diageo’s leading spirit brands before expanding to other Southeast Asia markets and wider Asia Pacific. Both the new SmartPour 2.0S and the award-wining ecoTOTE 3.0S will be produced in co-branded versions for Diageo. The program will launch in the second half of 2022, bringing closed loop spirits to Indonesia for the first time.

Circular spirits from Diageo, soon available for the first time in Indonesia

To support the pilot program and the expansion of the closed loop network to Indonesia, ecoSPIRITS will deploy an ecoPLANT 2.0S to Diageo’s existing spirits manufacturing facility in Bali, where it will be commissioned to operate as an extension of the facility’s spirits bottling capabilities. This will mark the ecoSPIRITS’ first deployment of an ecoPLANT into a manufacturing facility operated by a global customer.

ecoPLANT No. 20 will be sited with Diageo in Bali, Indonesia

Preeti Arora Razdan, Managing Director, Southeast Asia, Diageo

Diageo is guided by the goals outlined in our Society 2030: Spirit of Progress 10-year action plan and we are committed to building a low-carbon and zero-waste world. We are thrilled to be partnering with ecoSPIRITS to deliver on this promise by significantly reducing our carbon footprint and eliminating unnecessary glass waste with our on-premise customers. This pilot project is an important step in the right direction to innovate and model new ways to make our packaging more sustainable.

Sui Ling Cheah, Executive Board Chair, ecoSPIRITS

ecoSPIRITS has spent eighteen months developing our roadmap for Intelligent Circular, which is all about making global scale possible in circular spirits and wine. We believe that the complete integration of hardware and software innovation is necessary to get there. Diageo’s partnership with ecoSPIRITS in launching the first phase of this new technology platform is reflective of the industry’s commitment to innovation in our collective mission to reduce single use glass packaging. We are truly heartened by the commitment of the entire Diageo team to leading our great industry into a low carbon future.


More details regarding ecoSPIRITS’ Intelligent Circular rollout, the new collaboration with Diageo, and the launch of closed loop service in Indonesia will be released in the coming months. Bars, restaurants and hotels interested in participating in the Indonesia pilot program may reach out via indonesia@ecospirits.global.


About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker,Singleton,Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio,Tanqueray,and Guinness. Diageo is a global company whose products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us atwww.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,www.DRINKiQ.com, for information,initiatives,and ways to share best practice. Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

Media Contacts: Azmar Sukandar, Head of Communications & Society, Diageo Asia Pacific azmar.sukandar@diageo.com



ecoSPIRITS Celebrates France Launch With Experimental Group & FAIR Vodka

PARIS 7 April 2022 Following a brief soft launch period, ecoSPIRITS closed loop service has launched officially in France, starting with the Paris region. To celebrate this milestone, ecoSPIRITS France has teamed up with La Maison Du Whisky and FAIR, the leading Fair Trade liquor brand, to support Experimental Group in reimagining the leading hospitality group’s famed Experience No. 1 cocktail. The new Experience Infinity cocktail will feature FAIR Vodka and be available at both Experimental Cocktail Club and at the Hôtel des Grands Boulevards through June. The early response to ecoSPIRITS in the French market has been strong, with both Experimental Group locations and more than 60 other leading on-premise venues joining the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program in the soft launch period.

The making of the Experience Infinity Cocktail

Experimental Cocktail Club opened in Paris in 2007, marking the emergence of a leading European hospitality brand and operator that has since grown to encompass 24 venues in 6 countries. By focusing on high quality ingredients, Experimental Cocktail Club is credited with having catalysed the cocktail renaissance in France when few bars in the country were focusing on cocktails. Led by three passionate French entrepreneurs Romée de Goriainoff, Pierre-Charles Cros and Olivier Bon, Experimental Group has since branched out to operate bars, restaurants and hotels in Paris, New York, London, Ibiza, Menorca, Verbier and Venice. Each venue showcases the group’s signature style of tailor made bohemian luxury.

Hôtel des Grands Boulevards, Paris

Experimental Cocktail Club, Paris

Olivier Bon, Co-Founder, Experimental Group

One of the strengths of the Experimental Group is our bars, which we have always loved. We identified a foundational problem with handling the glass bottles, the waste, and the packaging; turning to ecoSPIRITS to reduce this impact as much as possible was an evident choice. One of our establishments’ main challenges is the waste and handling of single-use glass after shifts. We turned to ecoSPIRITS to reduce the operational and environmental impact of this material with less handling, transport and waste.

The inspiration for the Experience Infinity Cocktail is a rebirth of one of the most popular cocktails in the history of the Experimental Cocktail Club in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. FAIR Vodka, which is organic, Fair Trade certified, and available in low waste ecoTOTE format, was an obvious choice for the base spirit. Developed by Karim Hamadouche, Head Bartender at Hôtel des Grands Boulevards, the Experience Infinity Cocktail balances out the cereal notes of the quinoa vodka with a housemade citrus essence incorporating lemongrass, basil and chamomile.

The result is a wholistically sustainable and socially responsible cocktail imbued with freshness and lightness. In celebration of the collaboration, ecoSPIRITS, FAIR, and La Maison du Whisky will sponsor the planting a native tree in the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program for each Experience Infinity Cocktail served over the next three months. Overall, the Experience Infinity cocktail is ethically sourced, involves no packaging or ingredient waste and eliminates an estimated 61g of carbon emissions per cocktail through the elimination of single use glass. This carbon impact is supplemented by an estimated 22 kg of carbon emissions sequestered per annum by each tree planted once it reaches maturity. Trees in the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program have an average lifespan of 100 years.

Karim Hamadouche, Head Bartender, Hôtel des Grands Boulevards

To celebrate the new partnership with ecoSPIRITS and FAIR, we decided to recreate Experimental Group’s most iconic cocktail. Named Experience infinity, it leverages a homemade citrus essence made of discarded lemon husks, combined with basil water, lemongrass essential oil and chamomile flowers. The result is a fresh, easy, and wholistically sustainable and responsible drink.

Fair Vodka is the first vodka produced from quinoa, a grain farmed for over 5,000 years by the Incas in South America. Organic and Fair Trade certified, FAIR spirits are ethically sourced and distilled in Cognac, France. Born out of the research of French distillers and Bolivian farmers, quinoa for the production of the vodka is sourced in the Andes mountains from 1,200 Bolivian farmers grouped together in the “Anapqui” cooperative. Having joined as an ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner in France, FAIR will soon become available in ecoTOTE format in the United Kingdom as its partnership with ecoSPIRITS begins to expand to markets around the world.

FAIR Quinoa Vodka is now available in France in ecoTOTE format through La Maison du Whisky & Maison Richard

Alexandre Koiransky, Founder, FAIR

Partnering with ecoSPIRITS and the Experimental Group is more than a business opportunity, this is all about sharing values of sustainability. Our brand FAIR was built on a mission to support small farmers in developing economies. If we can combine our mission with low waste and low carbon distribution, then our work has an even greater meaning. We look forward to expanding this exciting partnership with ecoSPIRITS to the United Kingdom and other markets in the months ahead.

Jeremy Moreau, Président, eS Operator France SAS

ecoSPIRITS France is thrilled to announce this collaboration with FAIR and Experimental Group, both trailblazers in their own right. Experimental Group were the first to bring contemporary cocktail culture to Paris back in 2008 and FAIR has been an industry pioneer in their unwavering commitment to ethical ingredient sourcing and sustainable development since 2009. These pioneers are examples of how deep sustainability runs in France, where the soft launch of ecoSPIRITS has been a unmitigated success. Stay tuned for news on exciting brand partners and many more venues in the months ahead!”

For more information about Experimental Cocktail Club and the Hôtel des Grands Boulevards, please contact loic.m@expegroup.com. Bars, restaurants and hotels interested in joining the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program in France may contact La Maison du Whisky via m.dupont-auriac@lmdw.com. Brands interested to learn more about joining ecoSPIRITS in France may contact france@ecospirits.global.


About Experimental Cocktail Club

The Experimental Group was founded by Olivier Bon, Pierre-Charles Cros and Romée De Goriainoff, three childhood friends with a taste for innovation. Passionate about the cocktail culture that was developing in New York and London, and convinced that Paris could rediscover its rich mixological history, they opened the Experimental Cocktail Club in 2007 in a small street in the Montorgueil district, which became the spearhead of the cocktail wave in the capital. Xavier Padovani joined them in 2010, reinforcing the group’s common vision to offer a contemporary hospitality experience to a demanding clientele around the world. Now famous for introducing cocktail culture to Paris, the group now operates cocktail bars, wine bars, restaurants and hotels in Paris, New York, London, Ibiza, Menorca, Venice and Verbier.

For more information please visit https://www.experimentalgroup.com/destinations/paris


About FAIR

FAIR is the leading Fair Trade liquor brand. The hallmark of this range (rum, vodka, gin and liqueurs) is in the combined use of fair trade, sustainable development and French craftsmanship for producing these products. The brand has a philosophy of fair deals for all partners involved in the production chain. This aim has taken them across the world in order to produce high-quality spirits from the finest ingredients.

For more information please visit https://fair-drinks.com/



ecoSPIRITS Releases Circular Wine Technology, Starting in Australia With Accolade Wines

SYDNEY 22 March 2022 ecoSPIRITS announced today a significant expansion of its technology portfolio, taking on the substantial waste and carbon emissions footprint of the estimated 30 billion single use glass wine bottles that are produced each year. The extension of ecoSPIRITS’ patent-pending closed loop packaging technology to premium wines marks the launch of the world’s first globally-scalable circular glass packaging solution for the category. Developed to meet the standards of leading organic and bio-dynamic wine certifications, the new ecoSPIRITS circular wine technology will be deployed first in Australia in partnership with leading global wine producer Accolade Wines. Closed loop wine service will then be made available in a number of other ecoSPIRITS markets worldwide over the second half of 2022.

The new ecoTOTE 3.0W for wine

Banrock Station’s sustainably-produced South Australian wines

Designed with premium and certified winemakers in mind, the new circular wine solution offers full lifecycle wine preservation from winery to point of service. Upgraded versions of ecoSPIRITS’ ecoPLANT, ecoTOTEand SmartPour technologies deliver high standards of hygiene, oxidation, temperature and ultraviolet light protection for wines distributed in the closed loop system. Amongst other innovations, ecoSPIRITS’ new circular wine technology will preserve the bottle presentation and consumer brand experience in hospitality venues, a distinct difference from existing keg and tapped wine solutions.  The new wine technology will leverage ecoSPIRITS global closed loop network, and offer the same dramatic cost and carbon footprint reduction as premium spirits.

The world's first glass-based, globally-scalable circular solution for wine

Among other technology upgrades, ecoSPIRITS has released a new version of its successful ecoPLANT technology that is tailored to process both premium wines and spirits. The new ecoPLANT 2.0W is a semi-automated, containerised wine and spirits processing facility that generates high purity nitrogen gas for ecoTOTE filling and wine blanketing, complies with leading European Union and Australia-New Zealand standards for food grade processing, and delivers gold standard wine hygiene and preservation.

The world’s first ecoPLANT 2.0W will be deployed in Sydney, Australia

The ecoPLANT 2.0W, now with high purity nitrogen gas generation

ecoSPIRITS’ award-winning ecoTOTE portfolio will now be expanded to include a wine variation, the ecoTOTE 3.0W. This newest ecoTOTE is designed specifically for premium wines, marked by a striking grey enclosure and with a stainless steel cap liner to comply with organic wine contact material standards and a tinted internal glass vessel to ensure ultraviolet protection for wines during transport and storage. The ecoTOTE 3.0W includes all of the features of the popular ecoTOTE 3.0S, including global cloud-based tracking, shock- and tamper-resistant features, and a 4.5L volume for efficient handling and transportation.

ecoTOTE 3.0W feature: tinted glass for UV light protection

ecoTOTE 3.0W feature: stainless steel cap liner for organic & biodynamic wine certifications

Headquartered in Australia, Accolade draws on a proud heritage dating back to 1836 and has become a world-leading provider of luxury, premium, mainstream, and commercial wines. With three of the top 10 wine brands in the United Kingdom and two of the top 10 brands in Australia, Accolade’s rich and diverse portfolio is made up of distinguished wine brands including Hardys, St Hallett, Petaluma, House of Arras and Banrock Station. Accolade is a fully integrated business, managing the entire supply chain from grape to glass. With more than 1,400 employees in over 40 countries around the world, Accolade delivers approximately 276 million litres of wine to 130 countries every year.

The Banrock Station winery in the Riverland, South Australia

Recognised as a leader in sustainability initiatives in the wine industry, Accolade is a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business by designing more sustainable packaging, increasing recycling rates and reducing packaging litter. Collaborating with ecoSPIRITS to pioneer waste and carbon emissions reduction in premium wines is a natural extension of Accolade’s broad commitment to environmental responsibility.

For its first collaboration with ecoSPIRITS, Accolade has selected its leading ecowine brand, Banrock Station. Banrock Station produces premium South Australian wines with a passion for quality and holds a longstanding commitment to protecting the local environment. The Banrock Station vineyards and protected wetlands sit side-by-side along the meandering Murray River and South Australia’s Riverland. The winery’s environmental commitment is broad and sustained, having supported more than 130 conservation projects in 13 countries over the last 20 years. Banrock Station’s wines are sustainably produced, vegan friendly and already use lightweight bottles and recycled materials.

Banrock Station wines are made with the land and the environment in mind, having supported over 130 conservation projects

Initially, Banrock Station’s Pinot Grigio, Rosé and Pinot Noir wines will be offered in ecoTOTE 3.0W format to on-premise customers in Sydney, Australia. As part of the partnership, ecoSPIRITS and Accolade will collaborate on a study of the lifecycle reduction in single waste and carbon footprint associated with closed loop distribution of the Banrock Station wines. The partnership with ecoSPIRITS is one element of Accolade’s global sustainability strategy ‘Making Every Drop Count’, detailing a long-term action plan to create real change across the business, industry and planet.

Jeremy Moreau, Wine Lead, ecoSPIRITS

The ecoSPIRITS closed loop network is now a global platform capable of processing volumes equivalent to more than 10 million single use bottles per year of wine and spirits. To be able to extend this platform to premium wines was a natural move. We have developed the new circular wine technology with both certified winemakers and the consumer in mind, meeting the highest material contact and wine preservation standards while also preserving the wine presentation and pouring experience we all enjoy. Gold standard preservation, lower unit costs, and a dramatic reduction in environmental footprint – all the benefits of circular, now for wine.

Andrew Clarke, Managing Director, ANZ, Accolade Wines

We are thrilled to partner with ecoSPIRITS and become the first wine business to launch this eco-revolutionary packaging to the Australian market. We know that consumers are increasingly conscious of the impact their choices are having on the environment. The new Banrock Station ecoTOTE will provide that environmentally friendly choice alongside the significant cost advantage. This strategic partnership is part of Accolade’s global sustainability journey. We are intent on continuing to innovate our entire supply chain to provide our customers with leading sustainable offerings. We look forward to seeing the roll out of the Banrock Station ecoTOTE in venues around Australia.

Paul Gabie, CEO, ecoSPIRITS

The development of ecoSPIRITS’ circular wine technology has been one of the most exciting projects in our history. Our solution blends extraordinary quality, reliable preservation and transformative cost and carbon footprint reduction – and leverages the ecoSPIRITS global closed loop network. Accolade Wines have been wonderful partners over months of planning and development. Their commitment to sustainability in packaging – and beyond – is genuine and of global impact. We are grateful for their trust in ecoSPIRITS as a technology and innovation partner.

Additional information on the collaboration and the launch of closed loop wine service in Sydney will be released soon. Parties interested in learning more about ecoSPIRITS and our circular wine and spirits technologies can get in touch via info@ecospirits.global. For media inquiries regarding Accolade Wines and the Banrock Station, please reach out to Kate Harper, Dialogue Public Relations, via kateh@dialoguepr.com.au. For bars, restaurants and hotels interested in participating in the new collaboration between ecoSPIRITS and Accolade Wines, please reach out to Derek Burden via Derek.Burden@accoladewines.com or australia@ecospirits.global.

 


About Accolade Wines

Headquartered in Australia, Accolade Wines draws on a proud heritage, with Houghton established in 1836 and the first grapes crushed at Hardys winery in 1857, to become a world-leading provider of luxury, premium, mainstream, and commercial wines. With three of the top 10 wine brands in the UK and two of the top 10 in Australia, Accolade’s rich and diverse portfolio is made up of distinguished wine brands including Hardys, St Hallett, Petaluma, Houghton, Grant Burge and Banrock Station and modern wine brands such as House of Arras, Echo Falls, Madam Sass and Jam Shed shaking up the global landscape. 

Accolade is a fully integrated business, managing the entire supply chain from grape to glass. With more than 1400 employees in over 40 countries around the world, Accolade delivers approximately 276 million litres of wine to 130 countries every year. Accolade is committed to the sustainable growth of our business and the industry. Through our relentless innovation, global sustainability strategy, and the partners we engage with, we endeavour to have a positive impact on the industry and communities in which we operate. 

For more information please visit https://www.accoladewines.com/


About Banrock Station Winery

Founded in 1995, Banrock Station’s mission is to do good and produce honest, great tasting wine that doesn’t cost the earth. Every drop of Banrock Station goes into conserving the planet.  Over the last 25 years, Banrock have contributed to over 130 projects across 13 countries, starting with restoring their surrounding RAMSAR accredited wetlands in the Riverland; providing a haven for over 17,000 native plant, animal and threatened bird life. They have contributed over $6 million to conserving this planet! Banrock Station brings together a passion for conservation and wine to deliver an unforgettable experience where consumers can enjoy the same quality wine they expect from Banrock Station without compromising on their own sustainability efforts.

For more information please visit https://www.banrockstation.com.au/



ecoSPIRITS to Launch in Seychelles, Partnering With Leading Local Producer Takamaka Rum

VICTORIA 14 March 2022 ecoSPIRITS announced today that it has signed a Licensed Operator Agreement for ecoSPIRITS Seychelles with Trois Frères Distillery, the producers of Takamaka Rum. The new partnership will bring circular spirits packaging technology to another island market at risk from rising sea levels and climate change. As part of the collaboration, Takamaka Rum will join the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program and become available across their home market in ecoTOTEformat. The partnership for the Seychelles builds on ecoSPIRITS upcoming launch in Bermuda, proving the appeal of circular spirits in markets both large and small around the world.

An archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. With a population of 98,400, the islands are a vibrant tourist destination famous for their mountain rain forests and iconic beaches. Like other island nations around the world, Seychelles has already experiencing the impacts of climate change. These include the disappearance of most of the giant tortoises from the granitic islands, the felling of coastal and mid-level forests, and the extinction of unique species such as the Seychelles parakeet and the saltwater crocodile. As a result, Seychelles has emerged as a world leader protecting lands and waters for threatened species, designating 42% of its territory for conservation.

The Seychelles has dedicated almost half of its territory to conservation to protect endangered marine and land species

Founded in Seychelles in 2000, Takamaka Rum widely regarded as the ‘spirit of the Seychelles’ and is the market leader in the local spirits industry. A family-owned and operated producer, Takamaka Rum is on a mission to put the Seychelles on the world rum map by producing locally inspired rums to capture the spirit and uniqueness of Seychelles itself. Each rum bottle is filled with the character of these unique islands, their local craftsmanship and their people.

Takamaka's Seychelles bottlings are expressions of the tropical archipelago

Takamaka's St. Andre bottlings showcase the Seychelles' rich heritage & Creole traditions

As the newest ecoSPIRITS Licensed Operator, Takamaka Rum has taken delivery of ecoPLANT No. 28, which will be sited on the main island of Mahé. ecoSPIRITS Seychelles will launch closed loop service in April 2022, serving the bars, restaurants and hotels across Seychelles archipelago as well as other spirits brands, distributors, and wholesalers under the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program.Distribution of Takamaka Rum in ecoTOTEformat in the Seychelles will dramatically reduce the brand’s environmental footprint, eliminating an estimated 91.4% of the carbon emissions associated with the packaging and distribution of this rum, or 494g of C02e per bottle.

The Trois Frères Rum Distillery in the Seychelles

ecoPLANT No. 028 will be sited in Mahé and operated by Takamaka Rum

ecoSPIRITS Seychelles will be the second market worldwide to join the ecoSPIRITS Ocean Program, which uses the limited edition Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTEand funds an ocean waste recovery program managed by Green Steps Group, ecoSPIRITS’ global C02 mitigation partners. Under the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program, each order of an Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTE by venue partners funds the removal of one kilogram of single use plastic, glass and other man-made waste from protected beaches, coral reefs and waters. The ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program’s first local operations have been established in Zanzibar, an island archipelago off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. The first beach cleanup operation under the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program was conducted by Green Steps Group and their local partners in February 2022.

A local beach conservation team at work in Zanzibar, with funding from the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program

The ecoTOTE 3.0S Ocean Conservation Edition

Richard d’Offay, Managing Director, Trois Frères Distillery, Seychelles

The Seychelles, as a small island nation, have taken amazing strides to protect and sustain the archipelago’s ecosystems. Our role as a local business must be to support those ideals. The introduction of ecoSPIRITS, minimising single use glass while directly contributing to the conservation of beaches and marine environments, we believe is the type of action that delivers on those goals. We all have a responsibility to take action.

Zdenek Kastanek, International Sales Director, ecoSPIRITS

ecoSPIRITS has long been mindful of the special impact that single glass use packaging for spirits and the associated carbon emissions are having on island nations. As we continue to add island markets to the ecoSPIRITS global network, ecoSPIRITS will work alongside our Licensed Operators like Takamaka Rum to have a positive impact by reducing local packaging waste and restoring marine environments. We will also continue to use our voice in the industry to call attention to the impact that single use glass packaging in larger markets is having on these fragile island ecosystems.


Bars, restaurants, hotels, distributors and brands that are interested in joining the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program in Seychelles can get in touch via email at seychelles@ecospirits.global. Media inquiries for ecoSPIRITS may be directed to media@ecospirits.global. Inquiries for Takamaka Rum can be sent to takamaka@lx-pr.com.


About Takamaka Rum

Family owned, Takamaka was founded by two brothers twenty years ago who have built the brand into the number one spirit on the island nation. Bernard and Richard d’Offay set out to create rums that capture the spirit of the Seychelles, with its diverse flavours and laid-back attitude, which they and their fellow islanders would enjoy. They didn’t follow an industry blueprint, instead using what means they had available to them to create their liquid. 20 years later, the brothers now produce a portfolio of premium rums that are enjoyed around the world, capturing the unique and undiscovered flavours of their remote, tropical island home in the Indian Ocean.

For more information please visit https://www.takamakarum.com/



ecoSPIRITS Partners With Pernod Ricard as Transition to Circular Spirits Gains Global Momentum

HONG KONG 9 March 2022 ecoSPIRITS announced today that it has partnered with Pernod Ricard, the world’s second largest spirits and wine company, to pilot circular spirits, starting in Hong Kong and Singapore. The new collaboration will see Pernod Ricard’s iconic brands Absolut Vodka, Beefeater Gin and Havana Club Rum become available in ecoSPIRITS’ innovative closed loop packaging technology. The partnership is the first of its kind for a global brand portfolio, marking a major milestone in the industry’s transition to circular spirits. To celebrate the milestone, the Pernod Ricard brands will debut in the first co-branded editions of the award-winning ecoTOTE.

The iconic Absolut Vodka in co-branded ecoTOTE™ format. A milestone for the low carbon revolution.

Absolut has a broad commitment to sustainability, operating one of the world’s most energy efficient distilleries in Sweden.

The new partnership is a natural fit for both parties. Pernod Ricard is an industry leader in sustainability, having made broad commitments under a Sustainability & Responsibility Roadmap that supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The roadmap include a pillar of ‘Circular Making,’ which envisions reducing carbon footprint and minimising waste by developing more sustainable packaging solutions. Pernod Ricard has set a goal of reducing carbon footprint by 50% by 2030, and to pursue a Net Zero trajectory by 2050.

The Pernod Ricard Sustainability & Responsibility Roadmap includes Circular Making as one of four pillars.

Under the pilot program, Pernod Ricard will make Absolut Vodka, Beefeater Gin and Havana Club Rum available in low waste, co-branded ecoTOTE™ format to up to 80 leading bars, restaurants and hotels in Singapore and Hong Kong. Both cities are known for their vibrant and innovative bar scenes, and have embraced the ecoSPIRITS technology over recent years. Using the ecoSPIRITS Carbon Calculator, the initiative is forecast to reduce the carbon emissions of packaging and distribution for the participating Pernod Ricard brands by an average of 66% when compared with the traditional format of single use glass.

The world’s most awarded gin, now in low waste format.

Two centuries of history and a commitment to innovation for today’s world.

28 HongKong Street, Singapore. One of Asia's best bars - and one of the first in the world to adopt ecoSPIRITS in 2018 - will offer Beefeater Gin in ecoTOTE™ format.

The new initiative will form part of Pernod Ricard’s Bar World of Tomorrow program which promotes more sustainable and responsible bar practices. Locally in Hong Kong, Bar World of Tomorrow is partnering with Food Made Good Hong Kong— part of the UK-based Sustainable Restaurant Association, which is dedicated to helping food service businesses operate sustainably. The program aims to upskill bartenders on topics such as responsible service, waste management, sourcing and managing fresh ingredients and ice supply management, with an emphasis on work-life balance, customer care, and ways to maximize yield from bar ingredients—thus reducing overall operational costs. Since January 2021, close to 100 bartenders in Hong Kong have completed the training program.

Rum is an essential part of Cuban culture, shaped by the country’s climate, geography, history and people.

The co-branded ecoTOTE™ offers the opportunity for enhanced brand messaging.

ARGO Bar, Hong Kong. A bar celebrating the drinking traditions of tomorrow will be one of the first in the world to offer Havana Club Rum in ecoTOTE™ format.

The pilot collaboration between ecoSPIRITS and Pernod Ricard will launch in both cities in the coming months. Over time, Pernod Ricard hopes to include more bars and restaurants in both cities, before expanding the program to other key markets and brands across Asia and beyond. 

Hermance De La Bastide, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability & Responsibility, Pernod Ricard Asia

Our partnership with ecoSPIRITS, as part of our Bar World of Tomorrow initiative, reflects our ambition to create more sustainable and responsible moments of conviviality. The global bar scene has suffered greatly during the pandemic, and this is all the more true now especially in Hong Kong. We believe in the fortitude and resilience of the industry, and we aim to help alleviate any burden that we can, including helping to introduce sustainable practices to their business in an effective way. True to our vision, we strongly believe in working with others across the industry to strengthen what we do collectively. ecoSPIRITS is a wonderful partner to help our industry minimize waste and its carbon footprint, while also protecting our natural resources.

Paul Gabie, CEO, ecoSPIRITS

The transition to circular is one of the most important movements in the spirits industry today. Circular Making’ offers the prospects of dramatically reducing our industry’s waste and environmental footprint. There is simply no more effective way to do our collective part in supporting the United Nations SDGs and the global drive to Net Zero. Welcoming Pernod Ricard to the low carbon revolution is a major milestone, both for ecoSPIRITS and the industry. When industry leaders begin to back circular, our collective future gets brighter. We could not be more delighted to have Absolut Vodka, Beefeater Gin and Havana Club Rum join our ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program, a rapidly growing coalition of hundreds of brands, importers, distributors, wholesalers, bars, restaurants and hotels worldwide.

Bars, restaurants and hotels in Singapore or Hong Kong interested in participating in the collaboration between Pernod Ricard and ecoSPIRITS can get in touch via email at info@ecospirits.global or david.deka@pernod-ricard.com. Additional information on the timeline for the launch of closed loop service for the Pernod Ricard brands, and the participating venue partners, will be released soon.


About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits with consolidated sales amounting to €8,824 million in fiscal year FY21. The Group, which owns 16 of the Top 100 Spirits Brands, holds one of the most prestigious and comprehensive portfolios in the industry with over 240 premium brands distributed across more than 160 markets. Pernod Ricard’s portfolio includes Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute, and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Malibu liqueur, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, New Zealand Wines, Campo Viejo, Mumm Sparkling and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard’s strategy focuses on investing in long-term and sustainable growth for all its stakeholders, remaining true to its founding values: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and strong sense of ethics. The Group’s decentralised organisation empowers its 18,500 employees to be on-the-ground ambassadors of its vision of Créateurs de Convivialité”. Pernod Ricard 2030 Sustainability and Responsibility roadmap “Good Times from a Good Place” is integrated into all its activities from grain to glass, and Pernod Ricard is recognised as a UN Global Compact LEAD participant for its contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN Code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 and Eurostoxx 50 indices.


About ecoSPIRITS

Founded in 2018, ecoSPIRITS is a circular economy technology company that has developed the world’s first low carbon, low waste distribution technology for the premium spirits industry. Leveraging business as a force for good, ecoSPIRITS provides both a powerful cost advantage and a transformative carbon footprint reduction. The ecoSPIRITS patent-pending, closed-loop technology is licensed in 18 countries worldwide, including many of the world’s largest consumer markets, and is used by almost 1,000 leading hospitality venues. The ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program is a global coalition of hundreds of brands, distributors, wholesalers and hospitality operators committed to reducing the environmental impact of their operations. ecoSPIRITS serves its customer base from offices in Singapore, Shanghai, London and Miami.



ecoSPIRITS to Launch in the United States in Partnership With Park Street Technology Ventures

MIAMI 28 February 2022 ecoSPIRITS announced today that it has signed a Licensed Operator Agreement for the United States with a new joint venture company established with Park Street Technology Ventures and the Edmund Pillsbury family. ecoSPIRITS USA will be headquartered in Miami, where Park Street is also based. Financing for the joint venture will be provided by all three parties. As part of the launch of ecoSPIRITS patent-pending closed loop spirits technology in the world’s largest premium spirits market, ecoSPIRITS’ Zdenek Kastanek will transition into the new role of Managing Director, ecoSPIRITS USA effective July 2022.

Art Deco Ocean Drive in Miami Beach

Sweet Liberty, one of Miami's award-winning bars

Little Havana is Miami's vibrant Cuban heart

Park Street Technology Ventures is an affiliate of Park Street, a leading technology-enabled services company that helps emerging and established alcoholic beverage suppliers and brand owners cost-effectively and securely scale and manage their businesses in the U.S. market. ecoSPIRITS selected Park Street as their U.S. partner for their extensive experience across the entire beverage alcohol value chain, including regulatory compliance, freight and logistics, importing and distribution, and information and data management. Backed by Park Street’s 400 team members in the United States and around the world, and ecoSPIRITS’ global team and industry-leading experience with circular spirits, the new joint venture is well positioned to bring circular spirits to a complex and exciting U.S. market.

Harry Kohlmann, CEO, Park Street

“Park Street is committed to investing in sustainability, and the ecoSPIRITS system delivers measurable value to participants throughout the supply chain – from manufacturers and distributors to on-premise accounts and consumers. The term ‘drink responsibly’ now has an even broader implication and we are proud to partner with ecoSPIRITS to bring its technology to the U.S. market.”

Paul Gabie, CEO, ecoSPIRITS

“The U.S. is a crucial market in terms of size, visibility and innovation. Over the past two years, we have been received a remarkable number of inquiries about the ecoSPIRITS technology from U.S.-based brands, distributors and hospitality operators. The timing is right to bring closed loop spirits to the U.S. With its broad network of relationships and commitment to innovation, Park Street was the natural partner for ecoSPIRITS USA.”

Private financing for the new joint venture will be led by the Edmund Pillsbury family, with co-investments by ecoSPIRITS and Park Street. Edmund Pillsbury, who is an experienced private investor and a board member of Tahoe Blue Vodka, will take a seat on the board of the joint venture entity alongside Kohlmann and Gabie. The joint venture has opened offices in Miami, where Kastanek is based, and will build a team of industry professionals dedicated to scaling closed loop spirits across the country.

The Champagne Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club in Miami Beach, Florida

Edmund Pillsbury, Angel Investor & ecoSPIRITS USA Board Member

“As an angel investor and board member of Tahoe Blue Vodka, I was able to appreciate the impact single use glass has on the environment. We sell thousands of cases a year and the majority of our glass ends up in a landfill. ecoSPIRITS is an elegant solution and represents the future of responsible packaging in the spirits and wine industry. This solution could potentially eliminate millions of pounds of single use glass and dramatically improve the climate impact of the entire industry.”

Zdenek Kastanek, International Sales Director, ecoSPIRITS

“ecoSPIRITS has long planned to enter the U.S. market, which is known for leadership in both sustainability and innovation. With a majority of our global customer based already operating in the U.S., we have a head start in terms of Climate Partner brands and hospitality operators. We could not have asked for a better partner in Park Street, or lead investors in the Ed Pillsbury and his family, for one of our most important markets worldwide.”

In the first phase of development, ecoSPIRITS USA will offer closed loop service in Florida and California from three ecoPLANTs (Nos. 31, 32 and 33) based in Miami, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, respectively. The ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program will open to spirit brands, importers, distributors and hospitality operators and venues who are looking to reduce the single use waste and carbon footprint of their U.S. spirit distribution and consumption. ecoSPIRITS USA will also participate in the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program, which plants native trees in endangered wild areas based ecoTOTE™ cycles in the closed loop system.

ecoPLANT No. 31, the first in the U.S., will be sited in Miami

ecoPLANTS will be deployed in both Florida and California in the first phase of the new joint venture

Bars, restaurants, hotels, importers, distributors and brands that are interested in joining the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program in the U.S. can get in touch via email at usa@ecospirits.global. Additional information on the timeline for closed loop service and the coverage in each state will be released soon.


About Park Street

Launched in 2003 by former McKinsey consultants, Park Street is a technology-enabled services company that helps emerging and established alcoholic beverage suppliers and brand owners cost-effectively and securely scale and manage their businesses.  The company combines complex sector expertise with skilled human capital and a purpose-built technology platform to deliver fully transparent and reliable performance.  Areas of expertise include regulatory compliance, freight and logistics, importing and distribution, order fulfillment, accounting, HR and benefits management, working capital, information and data management, systems development, systems integration, and more.  The company is trusted by thousands of brands from new-to-market entrepreneurs to well established multi-brand global portfolios.  Park Street is headquartered in Miami, Florida and has over 400 team members supporting operations across the United States and around the world.


About Park Street Technology Ventures

Park Street Technology Ventures (“Park Street Ventures”) is an affiliate of Park Street and invests in early-stage start-ups and established growth companies in the alcoholic beverage industry.  The firm’s investment mandate focuses on transformative technologies and green initiatives.  Park Street Ventures provides a combination of capital, strategic and operational guidance, and industry knowledge to help companies accelerate growth.

For more information, please visit www.parkstreet.com



As Global Rollout Continues, ecoSPIRITS Appoints Executive Board Chair and Chief Operating Officer

SINGAPORE 21 February 2022 ecoSPIRITS announced today the appointments of Sui Ling Cheah to the role of Executive Board Chair and Anand Subramanian to the role of Chief Operating Officer. The appointments bolster ecoSPIRITS’ leadership team and governance as it navigates both a period of extraordinary global growth and the next phase of development of its closed loop technology. Together, Ms. Cheah and Mr. Subramanian bring more than 40 years of experience in strategy, investment banking, private equity, venture capital and governance to the ecoSPIRITS mission. Both of the new roles will be based in ecoSPIRITS’ Singapore headquarters.

Singapore's Marina Bay skyline

Ms. Cheah & Mr. Subramanian with the patent-pending ecoTOTE 3.0S

In the newly-created role of Executive Board Chair, Ms. Cheah will lead the ecoSPIRITS board, oversee the company’s governance, and assist the CEO in setting the company’s overall strategy and direction. Ms. Cheah brings more than 25 years of experience to the role, primarily in investment banking, technology company advisory and board governance. In addition to her role at ecoSPIRITS, Ms. Cheah is an Operating Partner at Wavemaker Partners, a leading early stage venture fund. She previously spent more than 20 years in investment banking, including time at Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and BNP Paribas. Ms. Cheah also holds independent board positions in several publicly listed companies in industries spanning hospitality, healthcare and telecommunications.

Sui Ling Cheah, Executive Board Chair, ecoSPIRITS

“ecoSPIRITS has developed into one of the most exciting companies in the Wavemaker Partners portfolio, having the potential to change the way the spirits industry operates. The world has to get serious about climate change. I believe we can play a part by backing companies with transformative environmental impact and innovative and capital efficient business models. I look forward to working closely with our board members and management team as ecoSPIRITS moves forward on its mission to transition the spirits industry to circular packaging technology.”

In addition to the new Executive Board Chair, ecoSPIRITS has appointed Anand Subramanian to the newly-created role of Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Mr. Subramanian will oversee the company’s board and investor relations as well as the finance, talent and strategy functions. He brings experience in strategy, investment banking, private equity and venture capital to ecoSPIRITS. Mr. Subramanian joins from Comcast NBC Universal, where he was Head of Strategy & Business Development in Asia Pacific. He previously spent thirteen years in investment banking and private equity and growth company investing, most recently with Fullerton Financial Holdings and J.P. Morgan.

Anand Subramanian, Chief Operating Officer, ecoSPIRITS

“I joined ecoSPIRITS because I believe that sustainability should become an integral part of our day-to-day lives. I am excited to join the mission of ending single glass use and at the same time creating a scalable, sustainable and profitable business. As a circular economy technology company, we are truly at the centre of revolutionising the spirits industry by combining economic and social benefits for the entire ecosystem from brands, distributors, retail outlets and eventually the end consumer.”

Both of the new leadership roles will be based in ecoSPIRITS’ headquarters in Singapore, allowing ecoSPIRITS CEO Paul Gabie to spend time across the company’s Miami, London and Singapore offices to better support a growing global network of ecoSPIRITS Licensed Operators and Climate Partners.

ecoSPIRITS serves its customers from offices in Miami, London, Shanghai & Singapore.

Paul Gabie, Chief Executive Officer, ecoSPIRITS

“2021 was a remarkable year for spirits and the circular economy. ecoSPIRITS is now licensed in 18 countries worldwide, including many of the largest consumer markets. The future of circular spirits is bright; yet, delivering closed loop service at global scale presents complex challenges. Having worked closely with Sui Ling as a board member, I am delighted to welcome her to a formal role on the leadership team. Anand brings the strategy and financial acumen ecoSPIRITS requires to continue to develop cutting-edge solutions for circular at global scale. I could not be more excited about the impact these two appointments will have on ecoSPIRITS’ development in 2022 and beyond.”

About Sui Ling Cheah

Sui Ling Cheah is Operating Partner at Wavemaker, a B2B and deep tech focused early stage venture capital fund where she is responsible for helping the mature companies in Wavemaker’s portfolio with business development, follow-on financing and eventual exits. Prior to joining the venture capital industry, she spent 20 years in investment banking raising capital for high growth companies and executing cross-border M&A. Her last investment banking role was as the Co-Head of Corporate Finance of SEA at BNP Paribas. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Investment Banking at JP Morgan Singapore. Sui Ling started her career with Merrill Lynch New York followed by stints in Singapore and London. Sui Ling is currently also a board director of several publicly-listed companies such as CDL Hospitality REIT, Parkway Life REIT and Telechoice International.  Born in Malaysia, she graduated from Wellesley College in the United States with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Economics.

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About Anand Subramanian

Anand Subramanian has over 16 years of experience in private equity, venture capital, and investment banking. Prior to joining ecoSPIRITS, Anand was the Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development APAC at Comcast NBCUniversal where he oversaw the go-to-market strategy for NBCUniversal in Asia Pacific across both linear and digital assets. Previously, Anand was Vice President of Investments at Fullerton Financial Holdings, Singapore, a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings, overlooking fintech and financial services investments across South & South East Asia. Anand spent close to 10 years at J.P. Morgan, Singapore, where was an Executive Director, Investment Banking overseeing all facets of IB including capital markets and M&A. He was also the Head of Junior Resources. Born in India, Anand graduated from Symbiosis Center for Management and Human Resource Development with an MBA in Finance & Marketing and from Delhi University with a Bachelor in Commerce.

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Closed Loop Service Commences in Cambodia With Rosewood Phnom Penh & Samai Rum

PHNOM PENH 12 January 2022 ecoSPIRITS is celebrating the launch of its inaugural closed loop service in Cambodia with one of the country’s leading luxury hotels, Rosewood Phnom Penh, and local ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner, Samai Rum. To mark the launch of ecoSPIRITS Cambodia, Sora Sky Bar at Rosewood Phnom Penh has created the Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail – the first in Cambodia to feature the ecoSPIRITS technology – to showcase a uniquely Cambodian spirit alongside sustainable local flavours and ingredients. For every Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail served through April 2022 at the hotel, one tree will be planted under the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program.

The Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail by Sora Sky Bar at Rosewood Phnom Penh

Rosewood Phnom Penh, the latest property from Rosewood Hotels and Resorts to collaborate with ecoSPIRITS, is an ultra-luxury hotel located in the heart of the Cambodian capital. Soaring 188 metres above Phnom Penh, the hotel occupies the top 14 floors of Vattanac Capital Tower, the city’s most iconic modern structure and a symbol of the new Cambodia. With unobstructed views of the fabled Mekong River, the hotel is home to six restaurants and lounges. Sora Sky Bar, the hotel’s flagship rooftop bar, is one of the country’s most acclaimed beverage venues, offering an expansive whisky collection, carefully curated cocktails and a spectacular view.

Rosewood Phnom Penh at Vattanac Capital Tower

An ultra-luxury hospitality experience in Phnom Penh

Sora Sky Bar, the hotel’s flagship rooftop venue

Daniel Simon, Managing Director of Rosewood Phnom Penh

“We are proud to be the first hotel in Cambodia to partner with ecoSPIRITS. This exciting collaboration enables Rosewood Phnom Penh to deepen its commitment to sustainability while showcasing Cambodia’s incredible flavours and scenery from Phnom Penh’s highest bar. Featuring made-in-Cambodia rums and local Khmer ingredients, Sora Sky Bar’s limited-edition Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail embodies our Sense of Place® philosophy and serves as living proof that high-quality, delicious, sustainable cocktails are the future.”

Sora Sky Bar Manager, Udom Chhoun, created the Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail to honour the hotel’s new partnership with ecoSPIRITS. Inspired by a traditional Khmer snack from Kampot, Cambodia, the unique cocktail stars hand-crafted, aromatic Samai Kampot Pepper and Gold rums from Samai Distillery, the country’s first and only premium rum producer. Both rums are delivered to the hotel in low-waste ecoTOTE™ format, infused with coconut meat, then mixed with Mancino Bianco vermouth, fresh lemon juice, and egg whites. As a finishing touch, the cocktail is garnished with toasted black sesame and dried coconut for a silky, elegant tipple bursting with Khmer flavours.

The Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail

Samai Rum in ecoTOTE™ format

Udom Chhoun, Sora Sky Bar Manager

As Samai Distillery transitions to ecoTOTE™ format for the distribution of its award-winning rums in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and other cities across the country, it is set to become the most sustainable spirit producer in the Cambodian market. The move to closed-loop packaging technology will dramatically reduce the distillery’s import of glass bottles from Europe and eliminate single-use paper labels, stoppers and cartons. Overall, the ecoSPIRITS system will now eliminate an estimated 91% of the carbon footprint associated with the packaging and distribution of Samai Rum in Phnom Penh, or the equivalent of 830g of CO2e per bottle. To further the positive impact of the collaboration, ecoSPIRITS and Samai Distillery are planting one native tree in the Rosewood Phnom Penh forest under the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program for each Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail served.

Production of rum at Samai Distillery

The award-winning Samai craft rums

Cambodia will participate in the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program

Daniel Pacheco, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Samai

“At Samai we are proud to be leading this revolution bringing sustainability to the alcohol industry in Cambodia. And we hope this collaboration with ecoSPIRITS can inspire others to reduce their own carbon footprint. Launching the ecoSPIRITS collaboration with Rosewood Phnom Penh was only fitting based on their proven commitment to sustainability, as evidenced by their launch of a new signature sustainable cocktail. This is only the beginning of a journey we hope to share with other brands and venues in the coming months and years.”

Samai White, Gold and Kampot Pepper Rums are now available across Cambodia in ecoTOTE™ format from ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner distributor, Moonshine Cambodia. For more information, please contact order@moonhine.asia. For a booking at the Sora Bar to enjoy the Nom Slek Chak Sustainable Cocktail, please contact phnompenh@rosewoodhotels.com. You can also follow Rosewood Phnom Penh on Instagram @rosewoodphnompenh


About Rosewood Phnom Penh

Rosewood Phnom Penh presents an ultra-luxury hospitality experience in the Cambodian capital. The hotel is located on the top 14 floors of Vattanac Capital Tower in the central business district, with unobstructed views of the city and the fabled Mekong River from its position within the tallest building in the capital. Rosewood Phnom Penh embraces the Rosewood brand’s A Sense of Place®️ philosophy and reflects the location’s history, culture and sensibilities. It features 175 rooms and suites; six restaurants and lounges, including Sora, a sky bar on a cantilevered terrace; Sense, a Rosewood Spa; a fitness center; a 22-meter indoor lap swimming pool; and meeting facilities that include The Pavilion residential-style meeting and function space.

For more information or reservations, please contact phnompenh@rosewoodhotels.com or +855 23 936 888

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About Samai Distillery

Samai Distillery was founded in 2014 in Phnom Penh and is regarded as one of Southeast Asia’s pioneering craft distilleries. As Cambodia’s first and only premium rum producer, the Samai team produce hand-crafted, premium rums using high-quality, locally grown ingredients and a process that pays tribute to age-old rum making traditions. Complex and full of character, Samai rums reflect the unique Cambodian terroir. With four premium products in its portfolio, Samai rums are distributed in France, Singapore, Spain, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Korea, with more countries to come. If you happen to be in Cambodia, don’t miss a chance to try the rums and exclusive cocktails at the bar inside the distillery, or book your private tour.

For more information, please visit: https://www.samaidistillery.com/