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We have a rich history, with our site dating back to 1895. The first production of Wines & Spirits started in 1955. The company evolved into Kingsland and we are pioneers of the UK wine industry, being the first to use the Manchester shipping canal to transport wine.
Key Milestones in our History
1844 – Rochdale Pioneers was established and formed the basis for the modern Co-operative movement
1863 – Co-operative Wholesale (Industrial & Provident) Society formed
1894 – Co-op owned ship ‘The Pioneer’ first sail up the Manchester Ship Canal
1895 – The CWS opens the Irlam site to manufacture Soap, Detergents & Candles
1955 – The CWS opens a Wines & Spirits depot on the site at Irlam
1964 – The CWS invest in filling lines and become the first company in the UK to import & bottle bulk wine
2002 – The Screw cap Initiative – Launched Unwind range in collaboration with Tesco & established screw cap as the standard closure in the UK for wine
2004 – Business sold by first MBO team to current MBO team
2006 – Kingsland moves first wine container up the Manchester Ship Canal in its initiative with Peel to regenerate the canal as a commercially viable waterway
2010 – Kingsland launches the Worlds Lightest Wine Glass Screw cap Bottle at 300gm
2011 – New wine cellar opens on site containing 42 new stainless steel tanks
2012 – Kingsland acquires the assets of Stratford Wines to bring in exciting premium wines & producers to our portfolio
2014 – New partnership agreements with Brandphoenix, Marks & Spencer and Limestone Coast Wines
2015 – Kingsland acquires Bottle Green Ltd. This integration brings together Kingsland’s existing expertise in manufacturing, supply chain, bulk sourcing and marketing with Bottle Green’s sales, producer relations and wine making knowledge.
2015 – Kingsland install Carbonation line and reinstate ‘The Winery’
2016 – Integration of Bottle Green Ltd. into Kingsland Drinks completed and enhanced wine range launched at London Wine Fair. (Please see Our Portfolio section)
On Monday 24th June, we said a very sad farewell to our very own Trevor Parkinson!
Trevor has worked for Kingsland Drinks for 49 years!
He started with the company in 1970 & started working for us in the Warehouse department and has been working there ever since. In that special week in 1970 - The Wonder Of You by Elvis Presley was in the top 5 hits!
It's an incredible length of service and we wish Trevor all of the very best from everyone here at Kingsland Drinks! Enjoy your retirement and don't be a stranger!
"We are a premier independent UK supplier of wine and spirits specialising in providing a complete category solution.” – Andy Sagar
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