Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
3:04 PM 4th June 2019

Cheers! Sustainable Success For Self-built Distillery

Cooper King Distillery Co-founders  Chris Jaume and Dr Abbie Neilson
Cooper King Distillery Co-founders Chris Jaume and Dr Abbie Neilson
Cooper King Distillery is celebrating its first year in operation, putting much of its success down to a commitment to the local environment.

The North Yorkshire-based Independent gin and whisky distillery, which has won awards for producing a sustainable gin, has beaten its financial targets whilst raising more than £4000 for a local environmental charity.

Since releasing Cooper King Dry Gin in May 2018, the start-up distillery has already sold 5000 bottles, has scooped four major international taste and design awards, and has been recognised by industry professionals.

Co-founders Dr Abbie Neilson and Chris Jaume launched the business with strong values around craftsmanship, honesty and adventure. Self-building the distillery and making use of reclaimed materials, the distillery is powered by 100% green energy. Furthermore, the distillery includes a closed-loop cooling system that has already saved 13 tonnes of fresh water since opening in June 2018.

“It has been an incredible year. We knew we would need to create a community to help fund the remaining build and equipment for the distillery via our Founders’ Club and this community has embraced our product, values and mission to support the environment. We pledged to plant trees for every bottle of gin sold and thanks to Cooper King Distillery founders, fans and stockists who’ve surpassed our expectations, we’ve beaten the target we hoped to reach.

“We’re delighted with the feedback from gin-lovers and eco-conscious consumers that we’ve provided a spirit which not only tastes good but does good too,” Abbie Neilson said:

In a bid to further protect the environment, Cooper King Distillery cold-distil the gin before bottling it in a lightweight alternative to heavy glass bottles favoured by premium spirit brands.

Each bottle weighs 300 grams less on average, uses less raw materials and is lighter to transport, thus reducing damaging CO2 emissions.

Deliveries are made in plastic-free packaging thanks to a clever origami-style recycled cardboard box that the couple developed with a Yorkshire manufacturer.

The distillery also launched a successful gin refill scheme which has seen hundreds of gin lovers visit to reuse their bottles to enjoy their favourite gin whilst reducing waste.

As Cooper King Distillery enters its second year of trading, it has added another member to its team and the trio are now focusing on the production of whisky. Whisky will go into production this month with an expected release date of 2024.