The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Iconic gin to be first major brand made with 100% sustainably-sourced botanicals

Premium gin Bombay Sapphire has announced that all 10 of its botanical ingredients are on track to be certified sustainable in 2021.

With the suppliers of eight of the botanicals already certified according to the For Life standard, Bombay Sapphire (owned by Bacardi Limited) says the goal is for the remaining two producers – for grains of paradise from Ghana and liquorice from China – to be certified in the months which follow the lifting of travel restrictions.

The 10 botanicals, which include juniper from Tuscany, coriander from Morocco, lemon peel from Spain and cubeb berries from Java, are hand selected by Bombay Sapphire Master of Botanicals Ivano Tonutti.

Tonutti and Bacardi are committed to work only with suppliers who act responsibly and ensure a sustainable future for farmers, their communities and the environment.

“We take a 360-degree approach to sustainability,” says Tonutti. ”It’s our responsibility to care as much about the farmers and their communities as we do the botanicals they grow and harvest for Bombay Sapphire.

“By looking after their well-being and investing in sustainable farming practices, we are helping to protect the environment and their livelihoods for generations to come.”

Sarah Nichols, Marketing Director for Bacardi ANZ, says Bombay Sapphire is famous for being blue but it’s also incredibly green.

“Our sustainability credentials are second to none and thanks to the team’s hard work we are reaching new heights,” she says. “We’re now hoping to inspire others to follow in our footsteps. It’s only if we invest in the environment as an industry that we can really move the needle.”

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