Red, White or Green?

Red, White or Green?

Hammonds have recently added sustainable wine solutions to our ever growing wine portfolio. The two concepts we now offer include a returnable bottle system and a wine keg both providing excellent quality wine with best in class sustainability credentials. 


The Bottle Return Scheme brings a new, sustainable lease of life to the traditional wine bottle: each one can be returned, sterilised and reused at least 30 times, reducing the carbon footprint of each bottle by up to 95%.


  • Every reuse of the bottle saves the energy, emissions and waste generated by the recycling or disposal of the old bottle and production and transport of the new bottle.
  • U.K. hospitality alone throws an estimated 129,000 tonnes of glass into landfill every year: we offer a practical, convenient way of breaking this one way wasteful chain whilst still supplying the traditional wine bottle consumers love.
  • FSC accredited recyclable paper label, no neck foil and a TCA eliminating DIAM cork prevent further packaging and wine waste.


The wine kegs are the first of their kind in the UK being refillable unlike the single use plastic kegs used by other wine on tap solutions. If this is of interest to your venue we can connect you with sustainable wine solutions who look after the whole installation process. 


  • Wines are up to 25% cheaper than the equivalent served in traditional, non-returnable bottles, enabling great value.
  • The preservation system delivers consistent quality in quick precise pours, with no oxidisation, cork taint or wasted wine.
  • The system works just as well as a reusable bottle refill station as it does behind the bar for by–the–glass pours, making it ideal for both on–trade and off–trade settings.
  • We collect empty kegs on subsequent deliveries, saving you significant cost and effort in sorting glass and cardboard recycling.
  • Internal chiller system delivers wine at the perfect temperature, freeing up valuable fridge space in your premises. 


If you want to hear more about these exciting new wines please contact your account manager or our head of wine, James.


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drop works

English Rum drops into the Hammond’s Portfolio

Recently opened and now the largest rum distillery in Europe, Drop works is paving the way for sustainable domestic rum. With four rums to choose from the possibilities are endless for bartenders to create some class leading concoctions.

White Drop

Clear Drop Rum is un-aged, unadulterated - crystal-clear perfection.

Funk drop

Funk Drop is fermented with the world’s first Wild Trinity yeast and distilled in our   bespoke Double Retort still, every Drop goes supernova with funkiness

Spice drop

Spice Drop Spiced rum made without any added spices? Damn right

Dark Drop

Dark drop This super-soft twice pot-distilled Rum has been decadently blended with Rums finest ingredient – molasses, of course.

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Guten Tag Asbach

Hammonds is proud to announce that the legendary Asbach has recently joined our ever growing agency brand portfolio. The German Brandy has garnered critical acclaim over its 130 year existence with a portfolio from a very accessible 3 year old to a class leading 21 year old selection brandy. 

As part of the Asnach group Hammonds have also taken on the subsidiary brands of Pitu Cachaca, XUXU and Grasovka. 

We are very honoured to be working with such amazing brands that really fit into our existing portfolio of interesting and quality products.

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BuzzBallz Bounce into UK Drinks Sector

America’s biggest selling single-serve premixed cocktails head to Britain with six varieties available to UK retailers from 1st June.

BuzzBallz are a smash hit in the USA and on target to sell 100 million balls this year. Now these unique, premium, bar-strength cocktails are available to multiple retailers and convenience stores in the UK. Eye-catching and fun, BuzzBallz are perfect for today’s grab-and-go lifestyles.

Six SKUs will launch into the UK market via exclusive distributor, Hammonds of Knutsford – Choc Tease, Tequila ‘Rita, Strawberry ‘Rita, Lotta Colada, Chili Mango and Espresso Martini. All 200ml balls are 13.5 per cent ABV with an RRP of £3.50 each.

Made with premium spirits, and bursting with real fruit juice, natural flavours and ingredients, BuzzBallz single-serve cocktails are crafted to a high standard. They are convenient, portable and playful, with the round shape bringing something unique and innovative to British drinks fixtures.

BuzzBallz are regularly featured on US social media and the expectation is they will prove similarly popular with British users. The UK launch strategy is to target 25 to 40 year olds, living in urban areas, who enjoy socialising with friends in bars, in the garden, at home or outdoors.

BuzzBallz is proudly woman-owned, with founder Merrilee Kick creating BuzzBallz at her kitchen table over 12 years ago. She says: “We’ve created a real buzz in the USA and we know there’s a huge appetite in the UK for fun, convenient ready-to-drink cocktails that pack a punch. The RTD market is a fast-growing category, yet it is crying out for more innovation and excitement. We believe that BuzzBallz can deliver this”.

Tim Dunlop, Brand Director at Hammonds, adds: “As the UK gears up for the summer, consumers are seeking out exciting new experiences in a big way, and the colourful BuzzBallz range provides a fantastic solution. They are fun, different and great for sharing with friends. For the launch we have selected the four best-selling US flavours, plus two new variants: spicy Chili Mango and on-trend Espresso Martini”.

Pre-mixed cocktails and long drinks are expected to increase share of the RTD market from 25 per cent in 2014 to 60 per cent in 2024, so BuzzBallz presents a significant opportunity to the UK drinks sector, especially when consumers are looking for new and unusual options in the chiller. There is little doubt that BuzzBallz will help stores drive sales, for both planned and impulse purchases (it is the number one biggest selling pre-mixed cocktail brand in the US convenience channel).

BuzzBallz, which are fully recyclable and use 15% recycled plastic in their construction, are available now to multiple and independent retailers, convenience stores, e-commerce platforms including the new fast grocers, drinks specialists, wholesalers and cash and carries.

Extensive branded POS materials will be available to support the UK launch including counter and chiller racks, free standing display units and eye-catching signage to add appeal and create a buzz in the retail environment.

Exclusive UK distributor for Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky


News this week which we are excited to share.

We are the exclusive UK distributor for Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky.

The partnership will see both family-owned businesses working together to distribute a good selection from the portfolio.

The agreement should see brands grow exponentially around the UK.

This new contract will promote core brand of Black Bull Scotch Whisky, which dates back to 1864 but will also include award-winning Indian Summer Gin and Smokin’ Whisky.

The partnership plays into Duncan Taylor's extensive plans for expansion and growth.

Euan Shand, Chairman of Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky commented; ‘We are delighted to be working with Hammonds whose extensive network around the UK will give us access to fresh on-trade markets. We have big plans for Black Bull Scotch Whisky next year and this will form an integral part of our marketing strategy.  We look forward to seeing the growth for Black Bull, Indian Summer Gin and Smokin’ over the next 12 months.’ 

Tim Dunlop, Brand Director at Hammonds added; “I know the team at Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky quite well and I’m a big fan of their Black Bull Scotch Whisky.  I knew their excellent range of whiskies would be the perfect fit as a flagship brand in our revised agency portfolio. We look forward to growing the existing listings and securing many new ones for their exceptional quality whiskies and gin using our wide customer base across the UK.