York Gin staff are upset, angry but resilient today – after thieves broke into their distillery.
The company said that ‘a very significant quantity’ of their award-winning gins had been stolen in the raid over the weekend.
It means they are having to work round the clock to replace the stock – and they may run out of gin for a ‘very short while’.
York Gin thanked customers in advance for their patience as they get back up and running, and said to contact them with any questions.
They are working with police in their efforts to track down the thieves – and warned other spirit makers to be vigilant as they are the second North Yorkshire distillery to suffer a break-in recently.
York Gin only moved into to the huge unit on York Business Park, on Great North Way in Poppleton last October, to meet rising demand.
In a statement, the company said: “Following the break in at the distillery, we want to thank everyone for your messages of support and concern. We really do appreciate them.
“While it’s shocking to suffer a crime like this, thankfully no one was hurt.
“And while a large quantity of gin was stolen, none of our equipment was damaged.
“So, the bad news is that we may run short of gin for a very short while.
“The good news is we can get back up and running quickly – making our gins, bottling, labelling and packing them. And getting bottles of our world-beating gins out to our wonderful customers.”
‘We are strong’
They said the team were dismayed by what had happened. “While we are upset and angry, we are strong, resilient and philosophical about what’s happened.
“We’ve already repaired the significant damage to the distillery, we have increased security – and we’re back making gin.
“York Gin makes some of the world’s best gins. A break in at our distillery doesn’t change that!
“And to our fellow spirits makers – be vigilant! We’re the second North Yorkshire distillery to suffer a break-in recently.”
If you hear about any suspicious activity, anyone trying to sell York Gin, or have any information about this crime, please contact North Yorkshire Police by calling 101. Crime number NYP270620220070