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Mead deal for Holy Island firm signals new era

Lindisfarne Ltd looks to the future (from left) Ian Robinson and Chris Walwyn-James of Harry Hotspur Holdings, Lindsay Hackett of Lindisfarne Ltd and Keith Stephenson of Harry Hotspur Holdings.

Lindisfarne Ltd looks to the future (from left) Ian Robinson and Chris Walwyn-James of Harry Hotspur Holdings, Lindsay Hackett of Lindisfarne Ltd and Keith Stephenson of Harry Hotspur Holdings.

The producers of the iconic Lindisfarne Mead have joined forces with the makers of Alnwick Rum and Alnwick Brewery’s beer brands.

Harry Hotspur Holdings, parent company of the Alnwick based brands, has acquired a major shareholding in Lindisfarne Limited.

Lindsay Hackett, who is retiring after 43 years in the business and 36 at the helm, said: “There is no doubt that, with this combination of expertise and experience, Lindisfarne Ltd can further build upon its success and move forward with confidence.”

The Lindisfarne Winery attracts around 250,000 visitors from around the world every year and its 11-strong team produces 75,000 bottles of mead annually as well as a range of liqueurs, fruit wines and confectionery.

The late J Michael Hackett realised a dream when he started the business more than 50 years ago. With his wife Elizabeth, he moved to the island before there was even a proper causeway linking it to the mainland.

Elizabeth was responsible for opening the craft shop and, in later years, the couple’s son Lindsay and his wife Brenda as well as his son-in-law Ronnie Tait, joined the company.

“My late husband was a dynamic and charismatic man who had the foresight to use the link between mead, monks and the fantastic tourist location of Lindisfarne to create and build a company now recognised in many parts of the world,” said Elizabeth.

“We are delighted that this partnership will bring recognised Northumbrian products under the same umbrella and that our family involvement will continue.”

Future plans for the company include looking at the development of new products, the winery, craft shop and warehousing space.

Keith Stephenson, Ian Robinson and Christopher Walwyn-James, directors of Harry Hotspur Holdings, will be working closely with members of the Hackett family.

“We were delighted to be approached to become shareholders of Lindisfarne Ltd,” said Christopher. “We are looking forward to working with the Hackett family and the team that has created an iconic company with a fantastic range of products and a world-wide reputation.

“Alnwick Rum, now in its centenary year, was successfully reintroduced to the market in 2003 and has been sold in the Lindisfarne Winery for some time now. We also recently introduced a blended rum liqueur, Percy Warmer, with the help of Lindisfarne Ltd. Our companies are an excellent fit,” he added.

 

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