Martin Thatcher and Innis & Gunns US MD Dan Deluca

Martin Thatcher and Innis & Gunn's US MD Dan Deluca

Thatchers is launching its 'Gold' cider brand in the US after signing a three-year distribution tie-up with Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn. 

Under the agreement, which kicks-off this month, Innis & Gunn will take on all administrative, marketing and promotional support for Thatchers’ flagship 4.8% abv brand through its US subsidiary. Financial details of the tie-up were not disclosed.

Martin Thatcher, MD of the Somerset-based firm, said: “The reputation of crafted English cider is rapidly spreading in the US. 

“With this continued growth in understanding and awareness of cider, the time is now right for Thatchers Gold to enter this exciting US market and engage with those consumers seeking out new and interesting brands." 

Sales of hard cider have tripled in the US in the last three years, but the segement is still less than 1% of the country's entire beer market. 

Figures published by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) in July showed that volumes of domestic cider in the first four months of 2014 were up 74%, but import volumes fell by 11%.