Halewood International acquires neat 50 per cent stake in Pogues Whiskey

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Shane Mc Gowan, the Irish singer of the
Shane MacGowan is the lead singer of Irish band The Pogues (Source: Getty)

Halewood International has acquired a 50 per cent stake in The Pogues Irish Whiskey.

The Halewood Group, the UK's leading independent drinks manufacturer and distributor, struck the deal with the Irish band, The Pogues in February.

The members of the band, Shane MacGowan, Jem Finer, Andrew Ranken, Spider Stavy, James Fearnley, Terry Woods and Darryl Hunt, will retain the remaining 50 per cent of the brand.

West Cork Distillers, one of only two independently owned and operated distilleries in Ireland, developed The Pogues Irish Whiskey in 2015. While West Cork Distillers continues to hold global distribution rights, it has awarded Halewood distribution rights for Halewood core markets, including UK, RSA, Romania, China and Global Travel Retail.

"This acquisition further strengthens our close partnership with West Cork Distillers. We already distribute the West Cork Irish Whiskey brand range in the UK and throughout our network and West Cork Distillers distribute Halewood brands in Eire. The Pogues Irish Whiskey is a premium whiskey that adds its own distinct, rebellious character to our spirits portfolio," Halewood International Group chief executive, Stewart Hainsworth, said.

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