ecoSPIRITS USA Welcomes FAIR, Preiss Imports and XXI Wine & Spirits in Florida

MIAMI 9 February 2024 ecoSPIRITS USA has welcomed major beverage importer Preiss Imports, leading distributor XXI Wine & Spirits, and Fair Trade spirits brand FAIR® to its closed loop network in the United States. The three companies have joined the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program in Florida, home to the first ecoPLANT™ in the United States. The first brand from the Preiss portfolio to be distributed by XXI Wines & Spirits is FAIR Café Liqueur, which is now available to Florida venues as part of a Sustainable Espresso Martini campaign, which reduces single use glass waste in one of the most popular cocktails in the United States.

FAIR Café Liqueur and Tried & True Vodka feature in the Sustainable Espresso Martini campaign.

Preiss Imports is based in California and works with distributors across the United States to share brands from its portfolio with bars, hotels, retailers and restaurants across the country. Preiss is a third-generation family business, which specializes in importing and marketing international spirits, wines and culinary specialities across the United States. The company represents niche and artisanal brands and its team also has expertise in education and training on suppliers’ portfolios in various markets. Together with XXI Wine & Spirits, Preiss is offering select brands from its portfolio in ecoTOTE™ format to venues across Florida.

The Sustainable Espresso Martini is a premium and low waste version of this classic cocktail.

XXI ‘Twenty-One’ Wine & Spirits is a Miami-based distributor of hand-crafted spirits and artisanal wines from boutique vineyards, from all around the world. The company started in 2016 and now distributes fine wines and craft spirits to venues across the entire Florida state. The company’s mission is to offer wines and spirits with unique character, and ones which speak of the place they emanate from. XXI Wine & Spirits has joined the ecoSPIRITS system in Florida to represent brands across the state.

One of the first brands from Preiss Imports portfolio distributed in ecoTOTE format by XXI Wine & Spirits across Florida is FAIR Café Liqueur from the FAIR portfolio of Fair Trade-certified spirits brands. The company sources the best ingredients from all around the world to create its high quality spirits. FAIR focuses on paying farmers at a fair price, so that they can cover their production costs, live from farming, educate their children and build schools. FAIR Café is made from 100% Arabica beans from Mexico using a slow roasting process to extract the best properties from the coffee, supported by a three-week maceration to create a rich flavoured spirit.

FAIR Café Liqueur uses fair trade ingredients including 100% Arabica beans from Mexico; perfect for a high quality sustainable cocktail.

FAIR Café Liqueur is one of two ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner brands featuring in the Sustainable Espresso Martini campaign, along with Tried & True Vodka. This is currently being offered to venues in Florida, allowing them to create this classic cocktail using high quality ingredients – such as FAIR Café Liqueur – but without single use glass. To create this, ecoSPIRITS teamed up with the two brands to develop an exceptional – and sustainable – version of the Espresso Martini cocktail, with both the spirit and the liqueur delivered to the venue in ecoTOTE format.

Several venues in Florida are already offering Sustainable Espresso Martinis, including Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside. Many of the group’s hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region already partner with ecoSPIRITS, and as one of the first in Florida to work create Sustainable Espressos, Four Seasons is strengthening its commitment to eliminating single-use glass waste throughout its business. The popular Miami-based bars Esotico and Lost Boy Dry Goods, and Silverspot Cinema, Downtown Miami, have also joined as early pioneers for the Sustainable Espresso Martini in Florida, along with the luxury hotel: The Miami Beach EDITION. Venues in Orlando and Tampa are also preparing to add this to their menus.

Four Seasons Hotel, Miami

This luxurious oceanfront destination is known for its chic Italian dining and world-class spa. Sustainability is high on the agenda and the company’s has initiatives designed to minimise its footprint with a focus on carbon, energy, water, waste and biodiversity.

Esotico, Miami

This vibrant bar offers a mix of Hawaiian and Caribbean food, cocktails and regular live music. It has an impressive collection of spirits and is a popular destination for cocktail fans. Esotico also has a spacious outdoor area surrounded by palm trees.

Lost Boy Dry Goods, Miami

Originally a denim shop, this family-owned, old school bar is reminiscent of a good English pub, with a selection of beers on tap and a relaxed atmosphere, yet alongside this is a modern cocktail menu featuring classics with a slight twist.

Silverspot Cinema, Downtown Miami

Silverspot is a sophisticated movie theatre, blending art with luxurious comfort and state-of-the-art technology. Aligned with this is its modern bar area, which offers a contemporary cocktail list; perfect for a luxurious night at the movies.

The Miami Beach EDITION

This is boutique, design hotel serves an array of classic cocktails in its Lobby Bar, which has been inspired by the glamour of 1950s Miami Beach. Its five-star amenities also include a luxury spa and exquisite dining options.

Henry Preiss, CEO and Founder of Preiss Imports

“Through initiatives like the ecoSPIRITS circular project, Preiss Imports aims to inspire other organizations to embrace sustainable practices and join the collective effort towards a greener future. We firmly believe that by working outside the box and embracing innovative solutions, we can contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly world.”

Vladimir Garcia, Spirits Director, XXI Wines & Spirits

“At XXI we are proud of our portfolio of unique and craft brands, such as FAIR Café Liqueur. We are delighted to take this to the next level by focusing on how we can supply spirits in a more sustainable way and now, with FAIR featuring as one of the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner brands in the Sustainable Espresso Martini campaign, venues can create this classic cocktail with high quality ingredients but without single use glass.”

Alexandre Koiransky, Founder of FAIR

“We are so proud to combine our commitment to the Fair Trade movement together with a commitment to reusable packaging. FAIR and ecoSPIRITS are both pioneering new ways of doing business in the spirits industry. The Sustainable Espresso Martini is a concrete application of that partnership.”

Jessica Berry, Sales Director, North America, ecoSPIRITS

“It’s a great time of year to launch a Sustainable Espresso Martini and we’re thrilled to be working with three great partners in Florida! FAIR Café, Preiss Imports & XXI Wine & Spirits are forging ahead as pioneers of sustainability by delivering these Espresso Martinis to customers in reusable ecoTOTE packaging and eliminating 95% of single use glass waste – Cheers to that!”

Since the launch of closed loop spirits in the United States was first announced at the start of 2023, ecoSPIRITS USA  now supplies many high-profile bars and restaurants with a collection of brands in ecoTOTE format from the country’s first two ecoPLANTS, serving venues across Florida and California. Plans for a third ecoPLANT, in Nevada, were revealed at the end of last year and this facility is now ready to start deploying ecoTOTEs. Additional ecoPLANTS are planned for other U.S. states, with details to be revealed later in 2024.

To find out more about ecoSPIRITS in North America, please contact Sales Director, North America, ecoSPIRITS on [email protected]. For media inquiries or general information on ecoSPIRITS, you may contact Sonya Hook, Senior PR Manager at [email protected].


About Preiss Imports

Preiss Imports is a third-generation family business which specializes in the importing and marketing of one-of-a-kind artisanal spirits and is dedicated to developing a portfolio that embodies our passion for exceptional products made by exceptional people. As a boutique firm, we are structured to manage niche and family-owned brands where product intimacy and knowledge matter most. Our portfolio represents brands that are handcrafted and showcase the excellence that exacting technique can bring: we seek products and brands with a rich and meaningful legacy and craft. Most of the products in our portfolio are made with pure, organic ingredients, using sustainable methods that are synergistic with the ecosystems and land in which they are made. Our portfolio is deep and varied and our territory spans markets in almost every corner of the U.S.


About XXI Wines & Spirits

XXI Wine & Spirits is an importer and distributor of fine wines and craft spirits from all over the world, with its headquarters in Miami, Florida. The company was set up with the aim of celebrating what has been possible in the world of beverage alcohol since the shackles of prohibition were lifted with the passage of the 21st amendment. Showcasing the way this sector has evolved and developed since prohibition is the company’s mantra, and to do this, it hones in on premium products including hand-crafted spirits, artisanal wines from storied vineyards, craft beers and ciders, and other unique and high-quality products. All in all, its wide-ranging and eclectic portfolio now represents a whole new frontier.

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


About FAIR

FAIR is the leading Fair Trade liquor brand. The hallmark of this range (liqueurs, vodka, whiskey, rum and gin) 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 http://fair-drinks.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 a transformative carbon footprint reduction. Founded in Singapore in 2018, the ecoSPIRITS technology is now available in more than 23 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. More than 2,000 leading bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers 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 to grow to 27 countries worldwide by early 2024. Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers, venues, and retailers, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners are eliminating hundreds 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 to Launch in Spain with Wine and Spirits Group, Escolà

BARCELONA 1 February 2024 ecoSPIRITS has announced plans to launch closed loop service in Spain under a Licensed Operator Agreement with a new company created by Francesc Escolà, CEO of Spanish wine and spirits distribution group, Ecosistema Escolà (‘Escola’). ecoSPIRITS Spain will start its activity in the Spanish market from this month, starting with three spirits in ecoTOTE™ format. These will be deployed from the country’s first ecoPLANT™, which will be hosted by the Barcelona-based spirits producer, Bardinet-España. Distribution will initially commence in the Spanish region of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands and will quickly expand to the rest of Spain and Andorra. The move into Spain builds on ecoSPIRITS’ rapidly expanding European footprint, following recently announced partnerships with new Licensed Operators in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Italy.

GinRaw, Planteray Rum and Avallen will be the first spirits available in ecoTOTE format in Spain.

Escolà has a history dating back to 1962 when the Escolà family found success in Barcelona; initially with grocery shops and later, in 1973, moving into wine and spirits distribution. Today, the company has more than 90 employees and more than 5,000 products, marketed under two different distribution divisions.

Also in Barcelona, the company runs Magatzem Escolà, an impressive space which serves as its training centre and showroom. The building, which dates back to 1890, was carefully restored by the company in 2011 and retains many of the original architectural elements.

Magatzem Escolà is located in Barcelona and is used as the company’s showroom and training centre.

Spain has been earmarked as a world leader in tourism competitiveness for the third consecutive year (World Economic Forum) and it recently launched its 2030 Sustainable Tourism Strategy, which will help it to maintain its global leadership. Barcelona has long been known as a capital of gastronomy and the city is home to at least 26 Michelin starred restaurants. In addition, its cocktail scene is now thriving, with the city having recently enjoyed an influx of bar talent from overseas. Barcelona is one of the country’s top tourist destinations and in 2022 it saw 12.4 million tourists.

Barcelona is known for is gastronomy and it has a thriving cocktail scene, with an array of unique bars such as La Textil (pictured centre).

Spain also has ambitious waste reduction targets. In December 2022, the country issued its Royal Decree 1055/2022 on Packaging and Packaging Waste, which seeks to align Spain’s packaging legislation with the new extended producer responsibility scheme set in place by the European Union. It also sets in place a series of measures for producers for both the marketing of their products and management of their waste. The main purpose of this new Decree is to make all packaging on the market recyclable by 2030 and, where possible, reusable.

Three bars in the top 20 of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 – Sips, Paradiso, and Salmon Guru – have already signed up to take delivery of spirits in ecoTOTE format. In addition to this, the luxury hotel chains Marugal and Pulitzer have also joined as early launch partners for Spain. Marugal specializes in the conception, launch and operation of unique premium hotel properties and it is the company behind some of the best luxury boutique hotels in Spain. Pulitzer Hotels is a family-run business born in Barcelona in 1967. Its unique hotels are designed to be warm and welcoming, with a focus on sustainability.

Sips, Barcelona

The Barcelona-based Sips offers high quality drinks in a welcoming environment. The bar secured the title of Best Bar in the World in 2023, an impressive achievement considering the concept – by leading names from the bar world, Marc Álvarez and Simone Caporale – was only brought to life in 2021.

Paradiso, Barcelona

Also in Barcelona is Paradiso, ranked at number four in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 (and first in 2022). This cocktail bar, led by cocktail guru, Giacomo Giannotti, often has queues down the street. The bar boasts a beautifully sculpted Dali-esque curved wooden bar, as well as an impressive list of cocktails.

Salmon Guru

And Madrid’s Salmon Guru, ranked at number 16, has also signed up as an early adopter of the ecoSPIRITS system. This forward-thinking bar, headed up by well-known industry figure, Diego Cabrera, is known for its big flavours and impeccable service.

The first brands to be available for the Spanish market will be Planteray Rum (formerly known as Plantation Rum), Ginraw and Avallen.

Planteray Rum

This brand is part of the Maison Ferrand portfolio. The rums in the Planteray collection are described as “authentic spirits that express the individual terroirs that made them,” and they are made from rums sourced in the Caribbean, predominantly Barbados and Jamaica.

GinRaw

GinRaw comes from Barcelona and was created by a pair of entrepreneurs, with the help of four masters in their craft: a chef, a sommelier, a mixologist and a perfumer. The team use low-temperature distillation to preserve the flavours and aromas of their botanicals, which include kaffir lime leaves, cardamom, and laurel.

Avallen

This calvados is a planet-positive spirit made from apples. Avallen is crisp, floral and completely natural with no added sugar or caramel. It is frequently mixed with soda as a refreshing spritz or used in cocktails. The company is Certified B Corp and its charitable partner in the UK is the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT).

The Barcelona-based Bardinet-España has been selected as the host company for ecoPLANT No. 036, which will be Spain’s first ecoPLANT. Bardinet-España is part of the French group La Martiniquaise-Bardinet, based in Paris, which has a wide portfolio of different spirits brands. The parent company, which has a history dating back to 1857, is one of the world’s top ten spirits producers with 29 subsidiaries and manufacturing plants in Spain, France, UK, Portugal and the Netherlands. The ecoPLANT for Spain is a 2.0W model, capable of processing both spirits and wine. It will be hosted in a dedicated production and warehouse facility to be operated by Bardinet-España staff, who will be trained and supported by ecoSPIRITS’ global Closed Loop Operations team.

Francesc Escola, CEO of Ecosistema Escolà

“We are very pleased with this agreement that will enable ecoSPIRITS to arrive in Spain and which will help our country to reduce single-use glass waste. By transitioning to circular packaging technology we will see a significant saving in waste and a 60 to 90% reduction in the carbon emissions footprint of premium spirits packaging and distribution.”

Iain McPherson, Sales Director, EMEA, ecoSPIRITS

“Spain is a key market for us and we are confident that our new Licensed Operator for Spain has the right experience, network and passion to champion ecoSPIRITS’ closed loop packaging system across the region. Spanish consumers are highly committed to sustainable measures and we believe many on-trade venues will be keen to offer – and shout about – low waste drinks on their cocktail menus.”

Spain will also participate in the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program, planting one tree for every cycle of an ecoTOTE delivered to hospitality venues. To find out more information about opportunities to partner with ecoSPIRITS in Spain, please contact David Grau at eS System Operator Spain, SL, on [email protected] or Iain McPherson, ecoSPIRITS Sales Director, EMEA, at [email protected]. For media inquiries or general information on ecoSPIRITS, you may contact Sonya Hook, Senior PR Manager at [email protected].


About Ecosistema Escolà

The history of Escolà dates back to 1962, when the Escolà family found success in Barcelona, initially with grocery shops and later, in 1973, changing the activity to wine and distillates distributor. Today, the company has more than 5,000 references, marketed under two different distribution divisions and more than 90 employees. Also in Barcelona, the company manages Magatzem Escolà, a magnificent space that serves as the company’s training centre and showroom. The building, which dates back to 1890, was carefully restored by the company in 2011 and retains many of the original architectural elements. At the same time, it has developed other projects related to the distribution and development of the spirits industry in Spain, such as the OTC Group importer and the Spirit Essence training activity and competition, which will be integrated into the newly created Liquid Solutions Foundation in the current financial year 2024. All these projects are part of the Escolà Ecosystem as they serve the wine and spirits industry from different perspectives that are complementary to each other.

For more information, please visit: www.escoladist.com


About Bardinet-España

Bardinet-España belongs to the French La Martiniquaise-Bardinet Group, based in Paris. It is one of the top ten spirits producers in the world. Bardinet is positioned among the leaders in the Spanish and world spirits market. It was in 1993 that Bardinet joined La Martiniquaise, France’s leading group in the production and distribution of wines and spirits and currently ranked in the top 10 worldwide. This alliance, known as the LMB Group, gives Bardinet the opportunity to increase its already strong international presence. Bardinet has a portfolio covering all categories of the sector, from rum, whisky, liqueurs, gin, vodka, tequila to brandy, port and cavas. To do so, it has facilities occupying 24,000 square metres at its plant located on the outskirts of Barcelona, in Gelida, and has a staff of around 100 collaborators.

For more information, please visit: www.bardinet.es


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 a transformative carbon footprint reduction. Founded in Singapore in 2018, the ecoSPIRITS technology is now available in more than 23 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Nearly 2,000 leading bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers 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 to grow to 27 countries worldwide by early 2024. Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers, venues, and retailers, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners are eliminating hundreds 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 and Green Steps Group Expand ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program

ZANZIBAR 28 December 2023 ecoSPIRITS has extended its partnership with eco-tech sustainability and nature-based solutions pioneer, Green Steps Group, to expand the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program. This initiative, which was first announced in July 2021, is aimed at island nations most at risk from rising sea levels due to climate change. Venues in these island nations are now taking delivery of spirits in special blue Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTE™ 3.0S. The ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program complements the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program, first introduced in May 2020 to further offset the carbon impact of beverage operations at leading hotels, bars, and restaurants across the world. The impact programs allow ecoSPIRITS and its partner venues, spirit brands and distributors to deepen their commitment to sustainability and positive environmental impact for the beverage industry.

Several brands are being deployed in blue Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTEs including: Lazy Dodo Rum (Mauritius); Candela Mamajuana (Dominican Republic); Goslings (Bermuda); FAIR Kumquat Liqueur (Cayman Islands); and Takamaka Rum (Seychelles).

Each order of an ecoTOTE placed by venue partners in participating island nations funds the removal of one kilogram of single use plastic, glass, and other man-made waste from endangered marine environments. The Oceans Program – complemented by the striking blue Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTE – has been established to draw attention to ocean pollution and the impact that CO2 emissions are having on sea levels, and the severe threat these issues pose to human and animal life on island nations worldwide. Using Green Steps Group’s proprietary “proof of impact” technology platform, recovered ocean waste is photographed, weighed, and logged for each venue with real-time map visibility. 

Ocean waste is photographed, weighed and logged for each venue.

Green Steps Group’s climate-tech platform helps ecoSPIRITS and its partner brands and venues assess their environmental impact. The unique online platform verifies that each and every tree is planted and that every kilogram of plastic recovered from the ocean is measured and tracked. The system displays impact information in geo-tagged map format, allowing venues to share their impact progress with their target audiences. As part of the partnership, Green Steps Group has created customised ‘Impact Dashboards’ for the two ecoSPIRITS impact programs.

Green Steps Group’s unique eco-tech platform includes a geo-tagged, map-based display interface.

The ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program’s beach cleanups currently take place in Zanzibar, an island archipelago off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa. Working with local village cooperatives, the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program offers meaningful employment opportunities to residents of low-income areas, creating social uplift and environmental regeneration. Through regular clean-up initiatives, the local community benefits from consistent remuneration and training on conservatorship of natural resources. The program may be extended to include other clean-up locations soon.

The ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program offers employment opportunities to local communities.

Bermuda was the first island nation to participate in the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program, and the first to deploy the blue Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTEs. ecoSPIRITS Bermuda is managed by Licensed Operator, Bermuda Gin Co, founded by Roy Fellowes and family. Many hospitality venues in Bermuda are now taking delivery of spirits – such as Bermuda Gin Co’s White Roof Gin – in ecoTOTE format and are signed up to the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program. This has led to the recovery of almost two tonnes of ocean waste in the first 18 months.

Bermuda was the first island nation to participate in the Program.

Roy Fellowes, Founder of Bermuda Gin Co

“We would like to thank the many Bermuda hospitality venues who embraced the ecoSPIRITS mission to eliminate single use glass bottles and are now receiving spirits in the beautiful blue Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTEs. Together we are reducing carbon emissions and packaging waste in the distribution of spirits and removing plastic, glass and other man-made waste from ocean waters. A sincere thanks also to Goslings, who agreed to put their delicious rums into the circular ecoTOTE format and work with us on ecoSPIRITS Bermuda operations.”

Other ecoSPIRITS island markets now taking deployment of Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTEs now include the Seychelles, the Dominican Republic, the Cayman Islands, and Mauritius. These island nations are also at risk from rising sea levels and climate change, with some now emerging as world leaders in protecting land and waters for threatened species. The Seychelles, for example, has now designated 42% of its territory for conservation. In total, venues in these island nations that are part of the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program have helped with the recovery of more than 7,000 kg of ocean waste to date.

The Oceans Program helps to regenerate endangered marine ecosystems.

ecoSPIRITS recently joined forces with Bacardi Limited and Carnival Cruise Line in a partnership to deploy Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTEs containing Carnival’s house pour rum (BACARDÍ Superior rum) to three of Carnival’s ships operating from the Port of Miami in Florida. As part of this pilot collaboration, the partners are funding the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program to remove one kilogram of waste for every ecoTOTE of Bacardi Superior Rum delivered to Carnival Cruise Line vessels.

 

Three Carnival Cruise Line ships are taking BACARDÍ Superior rum in Ocean Conservation Edition ecoTOTEs.

Guy Cawood, Founder, Green Steps Group

“It is a privilege to be a partner of ecoSPIRITS in their circular journey and creating positively regenerative products. Whether it be through creating positive environmental impact through recovering ocean-bound waste or recovering directly from the ocean, we seek action in the right areas and support the local communities while regenerating our amazing beaches and diverse marine life.”

Sui Ling Cheah, Executive Board Chair, ecoSPIRITS

Sui Ling Cheah, Executive Board Chair, ecoSPIRITS, said: “The ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program offers something different for our island markets, many of which are seeing the immediate impact of rising sea levels and have a particular focus on the protection of marine environments. We are grateful to Green Steps Group for helping create the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program, so that we can jointly help venues with their ocean conservation efforts. The two ecoSPIRITS impact programs remain very popular with our brands, distributors, and venue partners.”

ecoSPIRITS offers its Climate Partners two impact programs: the ecoSPIRITS Oceans Program and the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program. The latter was set up to help ecoSPIRITS’ partner venues generate additional carbon mitigation beyond the substantial carbon footprint reduction from their use of low-waste, low-carbon spirits. Under the ecoSPIRITS Forest Program, one tree is planted for each cycle of an ecoTOTE through the ecoSPIRITS closed loop distribution platform. Every tree planted is geo-tagged and photographed in the name of the partner venue. Since the program’s launch in 2020, more than 44,000 trees have been planted, effectively mitigating more than 97,000 kg of CO2e annually in carbon emissions. This collaborative effort has also created 12,947 hours of community engagement, with 47% of engagement and employment opportunities going to female workers.

For media inquiries or general information on ecoSPIRITS, you may contact Sonya Hook, Senior PR Manager at [email protected]


About Green Steps Group

Green Steps Group is a global eco-tech sustainability pioneer on a mission to rewild the planet. We empower businesses and institutions with management, governance, verification, and visibility to integrate positive environmental impact into their products and services. We verify, integrate and amplify bespoke nature-based solutions, using our unique proprietary technology with proof of impact, geotagging, and real-time map visibility. Every tree counts, so we count every tree. Our advanced eco-tech platform verifies that each and every tree is planted. Whether it is tracking the planting of individual trees in reforestation projects or monitoring ocean waste recovery projects at a kilogram-by-kilogram level, we integrate sustainability into your company’s DNA and verify your CO2 offset and its impact. We showcase your environmental impact, community upliftment, and biodiversity regeneration aligning with the UN’s sustainable development goals for 2030. We transform data into powerful stories with compelling visuals for your brand’s communication and marketing. Immerse in our tech-enabled impact solutions, unveiling the climate-conscious Reforestation/Ocean and River Waste Recovery Programmes and empower clients in this transformative journey where impact is verified, visible, tangible and immediate. Passionate about building a future, Green Steps offers innovative solutions that drive real change.

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 more than 23 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. More than 2,000 leading bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers 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 to grow to 27 countries worldwide by early 2023. Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers, venues, and retailers, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners are eliminating hundreds of tons of single use glass waste, planting tens of thousands of trees, and inspiring others to change.

For more information, visit: https://ecospirits.global.




ecoSPIRITS and La Maison du Whisky Launch Circular Retail Concept for Premium Spirits in France

PARIS 15 December 2023 ecoSPIRITS France and La Maison du Whisky (LMDW) have launched a new circular retail initiative in France, offering a spirits refill solution for premium and exclusive spirits within the retail sector. This new initiative, marking the first time the ecoSPIRITS closed loop technology has been made available to retailers in Europe, has initially been introduced in select LMDW-owned retail outlets in the Paris region. It will later be made available to more than 100 spirits retail outlets supplied by LMDW across the country, before being offered to other off-trade retailers in France from early 2024. The programme features limited-edition spirit brands which have been produced specifically for the collaboration and which cannot be purchased in a traditional glass bottle format. The refill solution was developed in response to France’s anti-waste law ‘Loi AGEC’, which requires products to be accompanied by information about their sustainability and circularity.

Spirits are dispensed in-store to consumers via SmartPour 2.0S technology, with three bottles sizes to choose from.

The spirits will be delivered to the retailers in ecoTOTE™ format and dispensed in-store to consumers via SmartPour™ 2.0S technology. The units have been produced in a bronze colour to reflect the appearance of a copper pot still, specifically for the retail sector. Consumers can choose from three sizes of specially-branded reusable bottles: a 20CL tester size, 50CL or 70CL. They are encouraged to fill their own bottles with their chosen spirit directly from the SmartPour, and attach a label and bottle cap to complete the purchase. The wooden bottle cap is screen-printed with the ecoSPIRITS logo.

Consumers fill their own bottles directly from the SmartPour and attach a label and bottle seal.

The initial spirits taking part in this project are: Compass Box Synthesis (Blended Scotch Whisky), Christian Drouin Verger Sauvage gin, Renegade Hope rhum agricole, and Amorik single malt whisky. These have all been produced in small batches specifically for this project and when stocks run out, they will be replaced by new special release spirits, including seasonal variants.

The Retail Program Lineup

Compass Box Synthesis

The result of blending two single grain whiskies and two single malts from the Highlands and Speyside areas of Scotland. The blend evolves on the palate, with peat becoming more prominent, while herbaceous and fruity tones are also present.

Christian Drouin Verger Sauvage

A distilled gin from France, which has been inspired by a cider apple orchard. This natural, verdant environment is a world which led to the creation of Christian Drouin’s ‘Verger Sauvage”, made from apples, quinces and a wide variety of wildflowers.

Renegade Hope

This Rhum Agricole is made from pure sugarcane juice. It is a small batch blend of pot-still rums which is aged for 18 months in three different casks, new American oak, American first fill oak and French first fill oak. The flavours evolve elegantly, highlighting the controlled ageing process.

Amorik

Amorik Single Malt Whisky was created exclusively for LMDW at the brand’s Warenghem distillery, known for being a pioneering whisky-making site in France. This Spanish oak-aged Amorik ventures into bitter, fruity, malty, spicy and intensely chocolatey flavours.

Constance Moreau-Luchaire, Senior Marketing Manager & Project Management Officer, La Maison du Whisky

“In a retail setting, ecoSPIRITS will enable the offering of bulk spirits while placing at the core of the process: eco-responsibility, experimental elements, and very high-quality spirit in small batches.”

Iain McPherson, Sales Director, EMEA, ecoSPIRITS

“I am thrilled to see the launch of this retail campaign, which will provide discerning consumers across France the opportunity to purchase wonderful products and contribute to the circular economy. LMDW has worked with hundreds of on-trade venues in France to help them adopt ecoSPIRITS’ closed loop technology. And now, thanks to its hard work, the company – together with the ecoSPIRITS Product team – has developed a smart solution for the retail sector, which I am sure will intrigue and inspire customers across the country.”

The France retail collaboration forms part of ecoSPIRITS’ ongoing trials of circular solutions for the off-premise in the spirits industry. It follows the development of the SmartKiosk, which is an intelligent retail system, designed to tackle single use glass waste from at-home spirits consumption. The SmartKiosk, which is currently featuring in a pilot project in CS Fresh supermarket outlets in Singapore, allows consumers to securely refill spirits bottles in retail environments.

For more information about ecoSPIRITS in France, please contact [email protected] or contact Iain McPherson, ecoSPIRITS Sales Director for EMEA, on [email protected]. For media enquiries or general information on ecoSPIRITS, you may contact Sonya Hook, Senior PR Manager at [email protected].


About La Maison du Whisky

Founded in 1956 by Georges Bénitah, La Maison du Whisky has long been a market leader in fine spirits. With more than 200 employees, LMDW’s expertise spans spirits import and distribution, rare spirits collection, sourcing and discovery, events management and publishing. Their event, ‘Whisky Live’ is the world’s premium whisky show, hosted each year in Paris and other cities around the world. These broad capabilities will strengthen the ecoSPIRITS France platform and help drive scale in circular spirits in one of the world’s largest spirits markets.

For more information, please visit: www.lmdw.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 a transformative carbon footprint reduction. Founded in Singapore in 2018, the ecoSPIRITS technology is now available in more than 23 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. More than 2,000 leading bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers 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 to grow to 27 countries worldwide by early 2024. Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers, venues, and retailers, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners are eliminating hundreds 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 Accelerates USA Expansion with Distributor Breakthru Beverage Group

MIAMI 6 December 2023 ecoSPIRITS USA has announced that Breakthru Beverage Group, one of the largest North American beverage alcohol distributors, has joined the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program as an Official Distributor Partner. Breakthru distributes a diverse portfolio of brands across many territories in both the United States and Canada and it already has spirits brands ready to be deployed in ecoTOTE format in Florida, followed by California in the coming months. The partnership will also accelerate ecoSPIRITS USA’s expansion in the state, bringing new brand partners, venues and distribution resources to the circular economy.

The premium spirit brands Coconut Cartel rum and Barr Hill Gin will be the first from Breakthru’s portfolio to be distributed in ecoTOTE format to venues in Florida.

The United States is known for its three-tier system – comprising of producers, distributors and retailers – for distributing alcoholic beverages, which was set up after the repeal of Prohibition. The three-tier system mandates that producers can sell their products only to wholesale distributors who then sell to retailers (and bars and restaurants), and only the latter group can sell to consumers. Distributors therefore play an essential role in the market, and while they have no involvement in manufacturing, they act as the representatives of the brand and supplier in determining their route to market. There are around 4,000 beverage alcohol distributors in the United States, with the 10 largest controlling more than 72% of the market between them. The largest multi-state distributors – such as Breakthru – differ from each other by offering a combination of size, service and portfolio.

The state of Florida has the second largest market for beverage alcohol in the United States.

Breakthru is a family-owned and operated beverage alcohol wholesaler and is one of the top three alcohol beverage distributors in the United States. It has a diverse portfolio of more than 6,000 wine, spirits and beer brands from many of the industry’s leading suppliers. The company, which is headquartered in New York, operates in 45 facilities across North America – including Canada and 16 U.S. states such as Florida, California, Arizona and Illinois – and has more than 9,000 employees. Breakthru will begin by distributing premium rum brand Coconut Cartel and the award-winning, super premium Barr Hill Gin in ecoTOTE format to venues in Florida. The state has the second largest beverage alcohol markets in the United States, with more than 23 million 9-liter cases consumed in 2022. Other Breakthru brands will be made available in ecoTOTE format in the coming months.

Will Fulghom, Region President East US, Breakthru Beverage Group

“Breakthru is very excited to work with ecoSPIRITS as a pioneering distributor partner and reduce our single-use packaging in the Florida market. While it is up to all of us to protect our planet, we as distributors have a special responsibility to work with our supplier and customer partners to undertake such eco-friendly efforts across the industry. We are proud to work with Coconut Cartel and Barr Hill Gin on this climate-friendly venture.”

Coconut Cartel is a 100% pure Guatemalan añejo rum cut to proof with coconut water. The rum, which was first launched in 2012, is aged in new, charred American white oak barrels for four to 12 years, and cut to 80 proof with freshly harvested coconut water. It has tropical aromas of fresh coconut with hints of banana, mango and vanilla, and upon tasting, there are notes of plantain, caramel, sandalwood and burnt brown sugar.

Coconut Cartel is made from rum aged in new, charred American oak barrels, which is then cut to 80 proof with coconut water.

Mike Zig, Co-Founder, Coconut Cartel

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to be better and grow our brand with visionary partners like ecoSPIRITS and Breakthru. As an emerging brand, we are nimble and therefore we can quickly activate innovations such as ecoSPIRITS’ sustainable packaging technology and we hope to inspire more brands to join the movement to help eliminate single use glass waste in the spirits and wine industry.”

Barr Hill Gin is made using organic juniper and is finished with raw honey from the local area in Montpelier, Vermont. The gin is one of the most awarded gins in the U.S. The honey adds a light sweetness to the gin, which also has hints of vanilla, clove and cayenne.

The multi award-winning Barr Hill Gin is finished with raw honey from Montpelier, Vermont.

Ryan Christiansen, Co-founder and President, Barr Hill Gin

“We’ve been cheering on the team at ecoSPIRITS, as they pioneer the enormous effort of eliminating single use packaging from the spirits industry. We’re honored to be invited to be a part of this important mission, and couldn’t be more excited to see Breakthru Beverage step up to the plate on behalf of our planet.”

Zdenek Kastanek, Managing Director, ecoSPIRITS USA

“At ecoSPIRITS, we are excited to have one of the national leaders in beverage distribution joining our efforts in transitioning the industry to circularity. With ecoSPIRITS’ technology integrating into Breakthru’s distribution network there will be a significant reduction in single use packaging ending up in the landfills of southern Florida or in carbon-intensive recycling facilities. The impact we can achieve together is exciting.”

Jessica Berry, Sales Director, North America, ecoSPIRITS

“I am thrilled to be taking my long-term working partnership with Breakthru to the next level and revolutionize the industry for a more green and sustainable future. Breakthru Beverage Group’s commitment to bringing closed loop packaging on board is sending a strong message that change is not only needed but it is possible, and easier than people think. I am proud to see the leadership at Breakthru commit to what we can do today for a better tomorrow.”

To find out more information about opportunities to partner with ecoSPIRITS in America, please contact Jessica Berry at [email protected]. For media inquiries or general information on ecoSPIRITS, you may contact Sonya Hook, Senior PR Manager at [email protected].


About Breakthru Beverage Group

Breakthru Beverage Group is one of the leading alcohol wholesalers in the United States and the largest broker in Canada representing a full total beverage alcohol portfolio of spirits, wine and beer. Breakthru is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and supports a wide range of notable organizations as well as local charitable initiatives across its North American footprint. Across all markets, Breakthru aligns a nimble and insightful approach to sales, marketing and operations. Family ownership is active in the business and committed to being stewards of heritage and champions of innovation.

For more information, visit www.breakthrubev.com.


About Coconut Cartel

Coconut Cartel’s quality comes from decades of craftsmanship, fermentation and distilling methods, and a world-class aging house in Guatemala. Its innovation, however, is in the proprietary proofing process: Coconut Cartel’s rum distillate is aged in new, charred American White oak for up to 12 years. Instead of using filtered water to bring the cask strength rum down to bottle proof (40% ABV), fresh, locally sourced coconut water is used as the proofing agent. The natural minerals, sugars and salts found in coconut water smoothen the blend and add a unique viscosity to the rum, making it incredibly smooth and refreshing to sip. Coconut Cartel Special combines traditional, old school rum artistry and new school innovation. The result is truly one-of-a-kind rum that appeals to a wide spectrum of consumers.

For more information visit: www.coconutcartel.com.


About Barr Hill Gin

Barr Hill Gin is the producer’s odd to the hardworking bees of the Northeast. The juniper-forward botanicals are brought to a perfect balance by the floral depth of the raw honey. The results are distinctive and unparalleled. Barr Hill Gin is distilled once in our custom-built botanical extraction still with hand-crushed, organic juniper, and then finished with raw honey from our region. The raw honey contributes botanical depth from the countless wildflowers foraged by the bees. How do we extract such complexity from simple raw materials? Our secrets are kept in the hive.

For more information, visit: www.barrhill.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 more than 23 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. More than 2,000 leading bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers 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 to grow to 27 countries worldwide by early 2024. Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers, venues, and retailers, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners are eliminating hundreds of tons of single use glass waste, planting tens of thousands of trees, and inspiring others to change.

For more information, visit: https://ecospirits.global.



Diageo Partners with ecoSPIRITS to Take Circular Spirits Packaging Global

LONDON 30 November 2023 Diageo and ecoSPIRITS have announced a global agreement for the distribution of a range of Diageo spirits brands in ecoSPIRITS’ circular packaging technology in an expected 18 markets over the next three years. Diageo’s commitment to broad deployment of a circular packaging format is the first of its kind in the spirits industry and forms part of its 10-year ESG action plan Society 2030: Spirit of Progress. As part of the new collaboration, Diageo spirit brands will be made available at participating bars, restaurants and hotels in ecoSPIRITS’ award-winning ecoTOTE format, starting with Smirnoff vodka, Captain Morgan rum, and Gordon’s gin. ecoSPIRITS is also investing in expanding its customer success resources to support the new collaboration, fielding an implementation team in London dedicated to supporting technology deployments in individual Diageo markets around the world.

Smirnoff vodka, Gordon’s gin and Captain Morgan rum will be the first brands to feature in the new collaboration.

As part of the new agreement, Diageo will have access to ecoSPIRITS’ circular packaging technology platform, including the ecoTOTE, SmartPour™ and CircularONE™ technologies. Diageo brands and local market affiliates will also have access to ecoSPIRITS’ global network of ecoPLANT™ processing sites, which are operated by its licensed operators in more than 25 countries around the world. The global agreement provides a flexible framework that allows individual Diageo markets to pilot and scale circular packaging as part of their local business development and sustainability plans.

Diageo first started working with ecoSPIRITS in 2021 through the Diageo Sustainable Solutions programme, which aims to find technology innovators that can bridge the innovation gap across Diageo’s supply chain to help the company reach its ESG targets. The partnership also aligns with Diageo’s Society 2030: Spirit of Progress plan and it is a step towards its goal of reducing carbon emissions across the supply chain by 50% by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050.

Ewan Andrew, President, Global Supply Chain & Procurement and Chief Sustainability Officer, Diageo

“This is another example of a triple win where the planet, consumers and Diageo will all benefit. We will be able to reduce both carbon and cost and the pubs and bars will benefit from the ease of having reusable spirits packaging.”

The new global partnership builds on the successful ongoing pilot programme of the ecoSPIRITS technology by Diageo Indonesia that started in 2022. As part of this initiative, Smirnoff vodka is supplied in ecoTOTE format to 38 leading bars, restaurants and hotels in Bali and Jakarta. Diageo Indonesia also commissioned an ecoPLANT 2.0S to process and refill ecoTOTEs at its existing production facility in Bali. The local closed loop system has been operational for almost a year, generating positive feedback from outlet partners and consumers alike and confirming the commercial viability of circular packaging in the Indonesian market.

Atlas Beach Club, Jungle Fish and Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay are among the venues receiving Smirnoff vodka in ecoTOTE format in Indonesia.

Updating global supply chains to accommodate circular packaging formats is a complex endeavour, requiring a close working partnership between ecoSPIRITS and global customers like Diageo. To support the new partnership, and in response to continued growth in demand for circular packaging worldwide, ecoSPIRITS is expanding its London office with the appointment of additional customer success resources. ecoSPIRITS’ newly-appointed Senior Vice President, Customer Success, James Doyle, will lead global and regional teams supporting Diageo and its local market affiliates as they integrate ecoSPIRITS’ platform of ecoPLANT, ecoTOTE, SmartPour and CircularONE technologies into their local operations. The expanded London-based team will include global project and technical leads dedicated to supporting Diageo deployments under the new global agreement.

James Doyle, Senior Vice President, Customer Success, ecoSPIRITS

“We are delighted that our pilot collaboration with Diageo Indonesia has led to this new global agreement. Integrating a circular solution like ecoSPIRITS into existing supply chains is an exciting but complex challenge. Our team looks forward to working closely with Diageo’s teams around the world to make these new launches a resounding success. We are confident that Diageo’s iconic spirits brands will be welcomed in ecoTOTE format by venues and consumers across the world.”

Under the new partnership, Diageo’s spirit brands will be made available in ecoTOTE format at participating markets, with Gordon’s gin initially set to join Smirnoff vodka and Captain Morgan rum. In 2024, new Gordon’s gin co-branded editions of the ecoTOTE 3.0S and SmartPour 2.0S will join the existing Smirnoff vodka and Captain Morgan rum editions. Taken together, the selection of premium vodka, gin and rum offerings in circular packaging allows partnering bars, restaurants and hotels to reduce single use packaging waste and carbon footprint associated with some of their highest-volume pouring spirits.

New Gordon’s gin co-branded editions of the ecoTOTE 3.0S and SmartPour 2.0S will be introduced in 2024.

Paul Gabie, CEO, ecoSPIRITS

“ecoSPIRITS’ mission is to end single use glass in the spirits and wine industry. For the circular economy to achieve global scale, innovators like ecoSPIRITS need the support of industry leaders like Diageo in catalysing the linear to circular packaging transition. As such, this new global agreement is a significant milestone for ecoSPIRITS and our journey to a circular future. We are grateful to our partners at Diageo for the seriousness of their commitment to a more sustainable and inclusive world.”

More details of the companies’ collaboration plans, including initial market launches, will be announced in early 2024.  For media enquiries and general information please contact [email protected] or Jessica Hurford, Sustainability Communications Manager, Diageo, on [email protected] and Sonya Hook, Senior PR Manager, ecoSPIRITS, on [email protected].


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 at www.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.


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 more than 23 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. More than 2,000 leading bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers 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 to grow to 27 countries worldwide by early 2024. Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers, venues, and retailers, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners are eliminating hundreds of tons of single use glass waste, planting tens of thousands of trees, and inspiring others to change.

For more information, visit: https://ecospirits.global.




ecoSPIRITS, Mancino and Proof & Company Launch First Vermouth in Circular Packaging

MELBOURNE 27 November 2023 ecoSPIRITS licensed operator Proof & Company has expanded its closed loop offering in Australia with the launch of the first vermouth to be available in ecoTOTE™ format. The move, which builds on a ten-year relationship between Proof & Company and Mancino Vermouth, a leading global craft vermouth brand, represents the first time a vermouth has been available in low carbon, low waste circular packaging. The partnership with Mancino Vermouth has been made possible with ecoSPIRITS’ new circular wine technology, which offers lifecycle preservation for wines and vermouth from production to point of service. Mancino Vermouth in ecoTOTE format is now available in the first Australian venues.

Mancino Vermouth is the first vermouth available in ecoTOTE format.

Mancino Vermouth was selected as the vermouth category launch partner for ecoSPIRITS’ circular packaging system. The brand, created by legendary Italian bartender, Giancarlo Mancino, is known for being a product of exceptional quality and refined character. Mancino is produced through the fortification of a delicate Trebbiano di Romana wine and the infusion of 38 aromatic herbs, resulting in a full-bodied 16% ABV vermouth. In 2021, the brand was acquired by The Lucano Group, the world renowned Italian amaro and spirits company.

Mancino Vermouth is made using the finest hand-picked spices and botanicals.

Vermouth is a fortified wine – part of the ‘aromatised’ wine family – and it is traditionally drunk as an aperitivo, before a meal. This botanical drink has been popular for many years in Italy, Spain and France, and in recent years this trend has spread to Australia. Popular in the bar world, Mancino Vermouth is often used as an ingredient for cocktails such as the Negroni, the Manhattan, martinis and summer spritzes. Leading Asia Pacific independent spirits distributor, Proof & Company, has been distributing Mancino Vermouth to bars, hotels and restaurants across Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and China for more than 10 years.

Vermouth is popular as a cocktail ingredient for drinks such as the Negroni and the Manhattan.

Mancino Vermouth is now available in the stone grey ecoTOTE 3.0W which forms part of ecoSPIRITS’ circular wine technology. The wine version of ecoSPIRITS closed loop system has been designed to eliminate single use glass, while also delivering hygiene, oxidation, temperature and ultraviolet light protection to wines and vermouth. Vermouth ecoTOTEs are processed at an ecoPLANT 2.0W, which has been upgraded to support bottling of wines and vermouths. The upgraded ecoPLANT generates high purity nitrogen gas for vermouth blanketing and preservation once in the ecoTOTE. Venues receiving their Mancino Vermouth in ecoTOTE format can refill branded Mancino bottles using a SmartPour™, in the same way that venues work with spirits in ecoTOTE format.

The first venues in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney have already started receiving Mancino Vermouth in ecoTOTE format delivered by Proof & Company. Early Melbourne-based pioneers include Chinatown’s contemporary whisky and cocktail bar, One or Two Bar, and Continental Deli in Hawthorn. Meanwhile, Hilton Sydney’s Zeta Cocktail Bar is one of the early adopters of this technology in Sydney.

Hilton Sydney’s popular cocktail destination, Zeta Bar, is now taking Mancino Vermouth in ecoTOTE format.

Hayden Hughes, General Manager, Hilton Sydney (Zeta Cocktail Bar)

“Recently partnering with Mancino Vermouth and, in particular, Mancino in ecoSPIRITS form, aligns with Hilton’s 2030 sustainability goals, which (among other key targets) heroes the reduction of single use materials. At Hilton Sydney, our focus on sustainability is geared toward key areas such as waste management, water efficiency, use of eco-friendly materials and energy usage, and we are thrilled to now also be supporting the use of ecoSPIRITS on property.”

Giancarlo Mancino, Founder and Owner of Mancino Vermouth

I am very proud and excited to be a part of this collaboration with ecoSPIRITS. And being the first vermouth brand in the world to be low carbon and low waste is a step forward in making a difference to our footprint as a business. With ecoSPIRITS’ determination in driving the sustainability message I’m sure we shall all be a huge success, opening further doors in the future for a perfect, no nonsense alternative. Salute!

Vienna Thompson, Chief Marketing Officer, Proof & Company

“We’re thrilled that our long-term brand partner Mancino Vermouth joins forces with the ecoSPIRITS technology – this underscores our shared commitment for a future where spirit excellence meets environmental responsibility. And we’re extremely proud to be the first to launch this in the Australian market.”

James Wynn-Williams, ecoSPIRITS Sales Manager for Asia Pacific

“Aperitivo-style drinks are popular in Australia currently, and many of the country’s top cocktail bars are seeing good sales of cocktails such as Negronis, Vermouth Highballs and Spritzes, so by offering vermouth in ecoTOTE format Proof & Company can now help venues across Australia to dramatically reduce their single use glass bottle waste. We are delighted that the respected brand Mancino is now the world’s first vermouth in circular packaging.

For media inquiries or general information about ecoSPIRITS, please contact Sonya Hook, Senior PR Manager, at [email protected].


About Mancino Vermouth

Mancino Vermouth was born in 2011 in a small family-run distillery in Asti, Piedmont. The distillery, established over 60 years ago in 1957, inspired Giancarlo Mancino, owner of the brand, to compose his own vermouth using only the finest hand-picked spices and botanicals. From the moment you pick up the bottle, its classic look and feel, together with the bittersweet concoctions awaiting inside, impress upon you the timeless character that make Mancino Vermouth an integral part of the world’s finest cocktail bars.

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


About Proof & Company

Proof & Company is one of Asia Pacific’s leading independent spirits companies, merging a disruptive approach to independent spirits distribution with a team of highly regarded bartenders and educators, a customer-focused mindset, and the region’s leading hospitality clients. From offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Auckland and Christchurch, Proof & Company manages the exclusive distribution of a portfolio of independent spirits, craft cocktail ingredients, and premium bar tools and glassware. Proof Creative’s award-winning team of Senior Bar Consultants is one of the most well-regarded creative teams in the cocktail and spirits community globally. Together they guide the development of bars for clients across Asia Pacific. Four of these bars ranked in the World’s 50 Best Bars list of 2020 and eight in the Asia’s 50 Best Bars List 2021, including Proof & Company’s own cocktail bar, 28 HongKong Street in Singapore.

For more information, please visit https://proofandcompany.com/.


About ecoSPIRITS

ecoSPIRITS is a circular economy technology company that has developed the world’s first closed loop packaging system for premium spirits and wine. Our patent-pending 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 more than 23 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Almost 2,000 leading bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers 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 to grow to 27 countries worldwide by late 2023. Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers, venues, and retailers, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners are eliminating hundreds of tons of single use glass waste, planting tens of thousands of trees, and inspiring others to change.

For more information, please visit: https://ecospirits.global/.




ecoSPIRITS USA to Launch in Nevada, Starting With Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS 6 November 2023 eS Operator USA I LLC, ecoSPIRITS’ licensed operator for the United States, will launch closed loop spirits packaging service in Nevada, starting with Las Vegas, a city known for its high concentration of casinos, hotels and bars. As part of the Nevada launch, a new ecoPLANT, the third in the US market, will be brought online in partnership with 17A Stillery LLC,  a Las Vegas-based distillery. One of city’s largest casinos – South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa – will act as the launch customer in the state, piloting the closed loop spirits technology for high volume casino beverage operations. As part of the launch, ecoSPIRITS has also developed a new technology solution to make its award-winning ecoTOTE™ format compatible with back-of-house systems known as ‘pump rooms’, which are commonplace in the casino industry. The Nevada ecoPLANT will begin deploying spirits in ecoTOTE format from January 2024.

The ecoPLANT host for Nevada, 17A Stillery, produces City Light Shine, which is 100% distilled in Las Vegas from a traditional southern moonshine recipe using a whiskey-style mash to create moonshine in flavors such as blueberry and salted caramel. 17A Stillery was founded by Brendan Gaughan, whose family also owns the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. The Gaughan family has operated and owned casinos in Las Vegas since the late 1940s; Brendan Gaughan is the grandson and son of Vegas gaming pioneers Jackie Gaughan and Michael Gaughan. The South Point casino is one of Las Vegas’s busiest resorts, boasting a 64-lane bowling center, 16-theatre movie complex, 600-seat bingo hall, 11 restaurants and six bars. The South Point is also home to the country’s largest indoor equestrian center with a 4,400-seat arena and more than 1,300 indoor, climate controlled horse stalls. The South Point will be the first hospitality venue in Nevada to take delivery of spirits in ecoTOTE format, starting in January 2024, with others set to join shortly after.

17A Stillery, which is famous for producing City Light Shine, is the host company for the Nevada ecoPLANT.

The South Point is situated on Las Vegas Boulevard, just a few miles south of the famous Las Vegas Strip, a stretch of the Boulevard known for its high concentration of resort hotels and casinos. The Strip is home to many of the largest hotel, casino and resort properties in the world, establishing it as one of the most popular and iconic tourist destinations globally and one of the driving forces for Las Vegas’s economy. The hotel casino properties are known for their contemporary architecture, lights and wide variety of attractions and in recent years resorts have trended towards the luxurious high end segment, including high end dining, nightclubs and cocktail bars.

The South Point Hotel, Casino & Resort is one of Las Vegas’s busiest resorts.

Although the Las Vegas Strip has elaborate neon lighting displays, many of the hotel resort properties have made extensive sustainability efforts, including water conservation, recycling, waste reduction and energy efficiency programs. Renewable energy is generated and used on the Strip, while energy efficient buildings are also being implemented and this area has one of the highest concentrations of LEED-certified buildings in the world. The South Point casino is among those with sustainability high up on its agenda and its efforts include a focus on reducing water, waste and energy usage. By taking delivery of spirits in ecoTOTE format, The South Point will help demonstrate the benefits of reducing single use glass waste in Las Vegas on a large commercial scale.

The Las Vegas Strip has elaborate displays but also one of the highest concentrations of LEED-certified buildings in the world.

As part of the new partnership, ecoPLANT No. 30 will be located in a dedicated production and warehouse facility to be operated by 17A Stillery, with distillery production staff trained and supported by ecoSPIRITS’ global Circular Operations team.

The ecoPLANT for Nevada will be located in a production facility operated by 17A Stillery.

To support the casino industry in Nevada, ecoSPIRITS has worked with The South Point to develop a technology extension that makes its ecoTOTE format compatible with casino back-of-house systems for house pour spirits known informally as ‘pump rooms.’ These systems allow high volume beverage operations to efficiently dispense house spirits in ‘draft’ form on the casino floor; however, the high volume of spirits poured make these operations a major source of single use glass waste. By integrating a circular packaging solution into existing casino beverage systems, ecoSPIRITS can help operators eliminate nearly all of the packaging waste generated by their highest volume house pour spirits.

The ecoSPIRITS technology has been upgraded to suit back-of-house casino pump rooms.

Brendan Gaughan, Owner of The South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa and Founder of 17A Stillery

“We are delighted that South Point Casino, Hotel & Spa will be the first venue in Las Vegas to work with ecoSPIRITS and we hope this paves the way for venues across the city to follow suit, so that we can work together to eliminate single use glass waste. We are also excited about 17A Stillery acting as the host facility for ecoSPIRITS’ ecoPLANT in Nevada, we are certain this site will become very busy very soon, as more venues look to make the transition to circular packaging technology for spirits.”

Zdenek Kastanek, Managing Director, ecoSPIRITS USA

“ecoSPIRITS USA is focusing on expanding into high-consumption states where we can make a major difference in reducing single use glass waste. This not only represents our third ecoPLANT activation, but also an important move for the business in being able to tackle the all-important casino segment, following our recent move into the cruise industry. We are delighted to have found the perfect host partner and site in Las Vegas for our Nevada ecoPLANT. 17A Stillery and the Gaughan family bring invaluable expertise and knowledge, not only about the spirits market, but also the casino industry and the Las Vegas hospitality segment. We are looking forward to getting started together!”

For information about opportunities to partner with ecoSPIRITS in North America, please contact Jessica Berry at [email protected]. For media inquiries or general information on ecoSPIRITS, you may contact Sonya Hook, Senior PR Manager at [email protected].


About 17A Stillery

City Light Shine is produced by 17A Stillery. We are the only legal distillery in the history of Las Vegas. Our facility is located in the Southwest area of Las Vegas approximately 3.5 miles west of the South Point Casino. The name of the company is derived from one of our founder’s NASCAR roots. Mike Dolan was a former NASCAR official for over 20 years and his radio designation was ‘17A’, so our name is in honor of his former career and our southern beginnings, which everyone knowns, all the best shines come from the South. The rest of the company is all Vegas! Brendan Gaughan’s family goes all the way back to the 1940s and the Gaughan family name has become synonymous with Las Vegas and is the name that all the locals know and trust.

For more information, visit: www.citylightsshine.com.


About South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is a resort located in the heart of the premiere southwest Las Vegas valley, just minutes away from the famous Las Vegas Strip. Some of our many amenities include a 16-screen Century Theatre movie complex, 64-lane bowling center and 60 lane tournament bowling plaza and a variety of 11 restaurants that cater to all appetites and tastes. Our Las Vegas casino features a large selection of table games including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Progressive Fortune Pai-Gow Poker, No Commission Baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em with Progressive and Three Card Poker with Progressive. More than 2,100 of the most popular slot and video poker machines featuring ticket-in, ticket-out technology. Our distinctive hotel features spacious rooms and suites with 50 inch view surface with 4k resolution televisions, Point Plush mattresses and Wireless Fidelity throughout. A unique feature to this property is its Equestrian Center, which is the finest horse facility in the country. South Point also has a fabulous 400-seat showroom that features headliner entertainment and dancing to live bands.

For more information, visit: www.southpointcasino.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 more than 22 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Nearly 2,000 leading bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers 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 to grow to 27 countries worldwide by the end of 2023. Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers, venues, and retailers, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners are eliminating hundreds of tons of single use glass waste, planting tens of thousands of trees, and inspiring others to change.

For more information, visit: https://ecospirits.global/.



ecoSPIRITS Partners with De Kuyper Royal Distillers to Prepare for Launch in The Netherlands and Belgium

ROTTERDAM 26 September 2023 ecoSPIRITS has appointed one of the leading producers of quality cocktail liqueurs in the world as its Licensed Operator for the Netherlands and Belgium. De Kuyper Royal Distillers will be the new Licensed Operator for ecoSPIRITS Benelux, initially bringing closed loop spirits to the Netherlands market. A range of De Kuyper’s spirits and liqueur brands will be available in low waste ecoTOTE format from January 2024. This partnership also paves the way for the expansion of closed loop service across the Benelux region, with ecoTOTEs expected to be deployed to venues in Belgium from early 2024.

A selection of De Kuyper’s most popular brands will be available in ecoTOTE format from January 2024.

De Kuyper Royal Distillers has been distilling for more than 325 years and is one of the world’s leading liqueur producers. The family-owned business has its own distillery in Schiedam in the Netherlands where it creates premium cocktail liqueurs using natural botanicals and handcrafted distillates and extracts. For five years in a row the company has been awarded the coveted title of ‘Liqueur Producer of the Year’ by the prestigious International Spirits Challenge. De Kuyper also has a 100% subsidiary company, Team Products, which is an internationally-renowned independent producer of spirits, cream liqueurs, advocaat, and flavoured liqueurs. It also produces private label and third party products for brands, distillers and producers all over the world.

De Kuyper has been distilling for more than 325 years and has created many spirits and liqueur brands.

De Kuyper firmly believes that sustainability is critical to the success of the company and society as a whole. As a family business passed down through generations, De Kuyper is committed to upholding this tradition. The company has demonstrated a strong commitment to social and environmental activities with sustainability projects underway throughout the value chain in areas such as responsible consumption, responsible sourcing, sustainable production, employee well-being, and community involvement. In each of these areas, De Kuyper strives to implement sustainable and innovative solutions and collaborate with partners and stakeholders. ecoSPIRITS aligns perfectly with these ambitions and by establishing this partnership, De Kuyper can promote an innovative closed-loop distribution system that eliminates packaging waste and reduces carbon emissions.

The Netherlands is one of the highest-earning nations of the world and growth expectations for the hospitality industry in 2023 and 2024 are looking positive. The spirits market in the Netherlands is projected to grow by 4.07% resulting in a market volume of US$1.87bn in 2027, according to a report by Statista*. The report also notes that by 2027, 47% of spending and 17% of volume consumption in the spirits market will be attributable to out-of-home consumption in bars and restaurants. ecoTOTEs will initially be deployed to the country’s capital city, Amsterdam and its second largest city, Rotterdam, which has a vibrant and varied nightlife scene.

*Statista Market Insights (August 2023) ‘Industries & Markets Market Insights Report’ Spirits Report, The Netherlands.

Venues in Rotterdam will be the first to receive spirits delivered in ecoTOTE format; the city has a vibrant nightlife scene.

De Kuyper’s Team Products plant in Middelharnis is well regarded as a ‘best practice’ production location and It is also centrally located to serve the Benelux region. For these reasons, Middelharnis was identified early on as the preferred location for ecoPLANT™ No. 045, which is a 2.0S model for processing spirits. ecoSPIRITS Benelux will initially deploy closed loop service to venues in Amsterdam and Rotterdam from the ecoPLANT based at Middelharnis. De Kuyper’s production site in Middelharnis has recently extended its qualifications to include the BRC 9 AA audit, which is the highest level BRC qualification.

Among the first brands to go into ecoTOTE format from the De Kuyper stable of brands will be Peachtree, which is the best-selling peach liqueur in the world. The lighter, lower-proof liqueur, which has the taste and smell of ripe peaches, is a key ingredient in cocktails such as Sex on the Beach or the Fizzy Peachtree. Also launching soon in ecoTOTE format is Rutte 100% Grain Vodka and Rutte Dutch Dry Gin, which is distilled from 100% organic botanicals including celery and angelica. And completing the launch collection is De Kuyper Triple Sec, which can be mixed with tequila to create the popular Margarita cocktail, or with cognac to create the Sidecar. This Triple Sec is made by mixing several citrus distillates, which are made by De Kuyper in copper pot stills.

De Kuyper Triple Sec, Rutte Dutch Dry Gin and Peachtree peach liqueur will be among the first brands to go into ecoTOTE format.

Mark de Witte, CEO, De Kuyper Royal Distillers

“We are very excited about our cooperation and partnership with ecoSPIRITS. This innovative low carbon and low waste distribution technology takes us a decisive step further towards achieving our sustainability goals as one of the industry’s main drivers. In collaboration with ecoSPIRITS we will make a significant difference by reducing our eco footprint and inspiring other brands and customers to join us on our sustainable journey.”

Iain McPherson, Sales Director, EMEA, ecoSPIRITS

“I am thrilled that De Kuyper Royal Distillers will be the Licensed Operator for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. De Kuyper’s reputation for high quality products is well-known and the longevity of the company is testament to its innovative approach and consistent desire to improve. De Kuyper is clearly passionate about eliminating the unnecessary carbon emissions and packaging waste associated with the wine and spirits supply chain, and it is fantastic that the company has put its trust in ecoSPIRITS’ closed loop packaging as a revolutionary technology.”

Bars, hotels, restaurants, distributors and brands that are interested in joining the ecoSPIRITS Climate Partner Program in the Netherlands can contact Iain McPherson, Sales Director, ecoSPIRITS EMEA, at [email protected], For more information on ecoSPIRITS, you may contact Sonya Hook, Senior PR Manager at [email protected].


About De Kuyper

De Kuyper Royal Distillers is a family-owned liqueur and premium botanical-base spirits company founded in 1695 by Petrus De Kuyper. The company is headquartered in Schiedam near Rotterdam (NL). De Kuyper Liqueurs is the global market-leading brand in cocktail liqueurs. De Kuyper is both the owner and the producer of a number of world-famous liqueurs such as Peachtree, Heering, Kwai Feh, Acqua Bianca, Muyu, Dutch Cacao, Mandarine Napoléon, Bébo and the botanical-based spirits of the Rutte gin and genever. De Kuyper has been awarded “Liqueur Producer of the Year” at the International Spirits Competition (ISC) five years in a row (2019-2023). Mark de Witte is the company’s global CEO.

Media contact for De Kuyper Royal Distillers: Yvonne Naber, Global PR, [email protected].


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 more than 21 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. More than 1,500 leading bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers 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 to grow to 27 countries worldwide by early 2023. Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers, venues, and retailers, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners are eliminating hundreds of tons of single use glass waste, planting tens of thousands of trees, and inspiring others to change.

For more information, visit https://ecospirits.global/.



ecoSPIRITS Launches in Macau in Partnership with Local Spirits Company Manlek (Overflowtaste) Trading

MACAU 18 September 2023 ecoSPIRITS has launched in Macau, appointing one of the region’s most innovative spirits importers, distributors and retailers, Manlek (Overflowtaste) Trading, as its Licensed Operator for the area. Together, the two partners have set up a new joint venture, eS Operator Macau, to bring closed loop service to the Macau market, starting this month. A range of spirits will be available in low waste ecoTOTE™ format immediately, with plans to add more to the portfolio before the end of 2023. eS Macau is ready to supply low waste spirits to upscale bars, restaurants and hotels across the region, which is known for its glitz, glamour and high-end entertainment.

eS Operator Macau has a selection of spirits available in ecoTOTE format.

Manlek (Overflowtaste) Trading was founded by a dynamic and youthful team with unique ideas and a passion for high quality hospitality and drinks in the Macau area. One arm of the company is engaged in the importation and distribution of high-end spirits, liqueurs and soft drinks. It has a wide collection of unique drinks in its portfolio as well as the exclusive rights for the representation of several international brands in Macau. The company has also extended its drinks-related expertise into other areas, including retail, represented by its wine and liquor store Overflow, and the organisation of events, such as the popular citywide cocktail event, Bar Hopping Macau. The team is keen to introduce bold innovations into the Macau drinks scene, while also maintaining a commitment to local culture and the sustainable future of the country’s drinks industry.

ecoSPIRITS’ Asia network now covers Mainland China and its Special Administrative Regions (SARs), Hong Kong and Macau, which are relatively autonomous portions of China that maintain some degree of political and economic independence. Macau, on the south coast of China, was a Portuguese territory until 1999 and as such it reflects a mix of cultural influences. With a population of approximately 680,000 it is the most densely populated region in the world. In recent years it has become a major resort city and a top destination for casino visitors. Macau’s gaming industry is the largest in the world, generating a revenue that is about seven times larger than that of Las Vegas.

Macau is a destination known for its glitz, glamour and high-end entertainment.

For several years Macau has been taking steps to address the United Nations General Assembly’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It has been doing this by creating partnerships, seeking to diversify its economy, developing links with the Hengqin island area in particular, and by furthering links with mainland China. Several of Macau’s major casino operators have increased their focus on their ESG and sustainability commitments in recent years, with some pledging to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, as well as a focus on waste diversion, reusable energy and recycling.

The Hengqin model combines urban design combined with sustainable development.

eS Operator Macau will initially launch a selection of brands from the True Believers portfolio of spirits including Widges Gin, Tried & True Vodka, Plantation 3 Stars White Rum and Plantation Dark Rum. Towards the end of the year it also plans to add agave spirits and whiskey to its portfolio.

Hyeson Si, Founder, Manlek (Overflowtaste) Trading

“Through continuous efforts to expand we have established good business relations with local shops, hotels, bars and restaurants of all types across Macau, and we are looking forward to being able to offer a range of products in ecoTOTE format to these venues to help reduce single use glass waste across the region. We have a wide range of brands in our portfolio and we continue to source interesting drinks from all over the world. We can’t wait to offer these excellent products to our customers in a more sustainable and efficient way.”

James Wynn-Williams, Sales Manager, Asia Pacific, ecoSPIRITS

“Manlek has an excellent selection of brands in its portfolio and strong relationships with venue operators – large and small – across Macau. I am confident the company will use its innovative and passionate approach to help transition Macau’s hospitality sector to the circular economy. Macau is a small but important region in Asia Pacific and we are delighted to have found the perfect partner to introduce the ecoSPIRITS system – and reduce single use glass waste – across this unique region.”

To find out more information about opportunities to partner with ecoSPIRITS in Macau, please contact James Wynn-Williams at [email protected] or Hyeson Si at [email protected]. For media inquiries or general information on ecoSPIRITS, you may contact Sonya Hook, Senior PR Manager at [email protected].


About Manlek (Overflowtaste) Trading

In 2019 Manlek (Overflowtaste) Trading became the first spirits supplier in Macau to support low-carbon waste reduction. We introduce various middle and high-end alcohol and soft drinks brands from all over the world via our main office in Macau, which has been set up to serve the whole Greater China market. Since inception, we have supplied a wide range of quality products to upscale bars, restaurants, hotels and various types of retailer in Macau. Our core objective is to understand the needs of different customers and to constantly innovate in order to serve a diverse customer base, so we also provide services including staff training, bar design and marketing. Our goal is to exceed our customers’ expectations. We strive for excellence in product variety, quality and service in order to reflect our three core values: product diversity, excellent product quality and excellent customer service. In the future, we will expand our business further, continue to provide exciting and rich products, and will continue to optimise our services to meet customers’ expectations in quality and service, and promote Macau culture.


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 more than 21 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. More than 1,500 leading bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers 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 to grow to 27 countries worldwide by early 2023. Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers, venues, and retailers, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners are eliminating hundreds of tons of single use glass waste, planting tens of thousands of trees, and inspiring others to change.

For more information visit www.ecospirits.global.