20th August 2020
MP, Ranil Jayawardena was getting in the spirit on Wednesday 19th August, as he paid a visit to Gorilla Spirits Co. Distillery to see first-hand how they produce their Silverback Gin, and other award-winning spirits.
The Gorilla Spirits Co. Distillery was originally based in Four Marks before moving to Upton Grey in 2018. Founded by Andy Daniels, social responsibility lies at the heart of the business, with £1 from every bottle sold to date being donated to The Gorilla Organization, to support the conservation of endangered Mountain Gorillas. Their products are distilled and bottled on site and sold throughout the UK and in a growing number of overseas territories.
Andy Daniels was keen to win the support of Ranil Jayawardena for the UK Spirits Alliance ‘Support Our Spirits’ campaign that is currently running. The campaign seeks to ensure government keeps spirits duty low in the Budget. Consumers across the UK currently pay over 70 per cent tax on spirits direct to the Treasury –almost the highest rate in the world.
Andy said: “It was fantastic to welcome Ranil to our distillery. We’re really proud of the products we produce and so it’s great to get the support of our local MP.
“We asked Ranil to take the message back to Westminster that the best way to support businesses like ours across the country would be to ensure the duty tax on spirits doesn’t rise in this year’s budget, which would increase the cost of a well-deserved gin and tonic for our customers across the UK.”
A spokesperson for the UK Spirits Alliance said:
“It’s great to see MPs across the country recognising that spirits are a British success story and the future of UK drinking. We hope they will support our campaign to stop any duty rise for spirits in this budget.”