An influential member of the Cadbury chocolate manufacturing family has joined the board of directors at Cotswolds Distillery. Sir Dominic Cadbury, who served previously as the chief executive and chairman of Cadbury Schweppes, is the grandson of factory founder George Cadbury.
His appointment to the board of the spirits company is the second most significant appointment to the Cotswolds board, following the recent appointment of Richard Watling, former CEO of Justerini & Brooks, to the board.
Sir Dominic became a member of Cadbury in 1964, five years before the company sealed a merger deal with Schweppes. He joined the company’s board in 1975 and later became Cadbury’s group chief executive between 1983 and 1993. Before his retirement in May 2000, sir Dominic was the chairman of Cadbury. He retired having held similar positions at The Economist Group and the Wellcome Trust.
Sir Dominic said he was “delighted to be joining the Cotswolds Distillery Board and look forward to contributing to their plans to grow this exciting young business.”
Established in 2013, Cotswolds Distillery began production in 2014. The distillery presently produces one million bottle per annum with sales growing by 75% to £3.1 million in 2017. The company secured a nationwide listing in Waitrose in September for its whisky which was introduced in October 2017, joining its Cotswold Dry Gin at shops in the UK.