Masons of Yorkshire welcomed Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, on a special visit to Masons’ Leeming Bar distillery this week.
Ms Truss, who was on a tour of Yorkshire & Humber and the North East to promote and learn about successful UK enterprise abroad, was treated to a VIP tour of the distillery by Masons’ joint founders – husband and wife team Karl and Cathy Mason.
She was shown pallets of Masons’ premium gins lined up and ready for export, before raising a glass to Masons’ success during a gin tasting in the distillery’s product development laboratory.
Ms Truss’ visit follows Masons’ hosting of the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Home Secretary, last July, who were present for the official naming of the new Masons’ still.
The visit from the Secretary of State for International Trade coincides with an exciting time for Masons. The distillery will once again open its door to visitors in July and aims to be at the forefront of Yorkshire’s tourism for both local and international guests, offering the chance to experience the magic of distilling in the heart of the county.
Looking further afield, Masons of Yorkshire is launching into Coles Australia later this year and is seeking to develop its European business and to target both the USA and the Far East in the near future.
Founded in 2013 by Karl and Cathy Mason, the distillery was the first to establish in Yorkshire, pioneering the gin boom in the county. Masons was started with a simple mission; to make gin the way it should be, with more character, more flavour and uncompromising quality. Through building a premium range of gins which have won the most prestigious awards world-wide, the Masons team of 34 staff now produce in excess of 400,000 bottles each year and the business has ambitious plans for the future.
Karl Mason, Director of Masons of Yorkshire, says: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss to our distillery, and presented the perfect opportunity to discuss the impact that international trade has on our business. We were able to demonstrate the importance of both importing high-quality ingredients such as juniper, which can’t be sourced in the UK, and our ambition to increase exports of Masons gin in key markets around the world.”
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