RubyBlue Vodka, produced by Hughes Craft Distillery in Northern Ireland, has been added to the products sold at the Duty Free in Belfast International Airport.
The unique Irish potato vodka from the craft distillery, which is based at Lisburn in Co Antrim, won backing from Aelia Groupe, the French company which runs Belfast International and other duty free stores in Europe.
Hughes Craft Distillery has also won listing at Belfast International for its four-strong range of premium Irish berry and grain spirit liqueurs. The products went on sale at the airport, among the busiest in the UK and Ireland.
The company is a family business owned and managed by husband and wife team Stuart and Barbara Hughes. They launched the craft distillery in 2010 and introduced the Irish potato vodka in May. The vodka and fruit liqueurs are also on sale at duty frees in Dublin and Shannon airports in the Republic of Ireland.
Graham Keddie, Belfast International Airport MD, said: “We’re delighted to be stocking RubyBlueVodka at Belfast International. Once again, it underlines our commitment to support local goods and crafts and affords producers the opportunity to reach a significant market made up of the tens of thousands who pass through airside every month.”
Stuart Hughes, Managing Director of Hughes Craft Distillery, says: “We are delighted to have gained a listing from Aelia at Belfast International so soon after the launch of our innovative and award winning vodka.
“This important endorsement of the vodka follows gold and silver awards for premium quality at major competitions for spirits in the US and Europe including, most recently, the highly influential Global Spirit Masters.
“It’s tremendously encouraging for a small business like Hughes Craft Distillery to be given an opportunity to develop business in such an important and influential marketplace as Belfast International, Northern Ireland’s biggest transport hub.
“The new business means we now have listings for our vodka and liqueurs at all the busiest airports on the island of Ireland,” he adds.