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May 29. 2014 8:58PM

New Orleans distilling firm to open Londonderry facility

LONDONDERRY — A New Orleans-based distilling company will soon be bottling several varieties of its popular spirits in Londonderry.

On Thursday, officials from the Sazerac Co. announced plans to open a facility at 11 Commerce Ave., the site of the former LeVecke Corp.

Sazerac spokeswoman Amy Preske said the company plans to have the Londonderry facility up and running later this summer.

“It’s a very small plant for us, but we did feel it was important to establish a presence in New Hampshire,” Preske said Thursday.

Company officials said the newly named Sazerac New Hampshire is expected to employ roughly 10 people, with a little more than half of those jobs to be newly created positions.

Sazerac manufactures such popular alcoholic beverage brands as Buffalo Trace bourbon, Firefly vodka, Corazon tequila and Calypso rum, among other libations.

Preske said it’s still too early to tell which beverages would be produced in Londonderry, noting that a particular focus would be made on some of the state and region’s top-selling brands.

Once the plant is operational, Sazerac New Hampshire will focus on bottling products using 750 milliliter and liter glass and 1.75 liter plastic bottles, with hopes to also begin manufacturing 375 milliliter bottles in the near future.

All of the products made in the Granite State will be specially labeled with “Made in New Hampshire” stickers, Preske said.

“New Hampshire is one of the most sophisticated retailers of wine and spirits in the U.S.,” Sazerac company president and CEO Mark Brown said in a written statement. “We have long sought out the opportunity to manufacture our brands in the state and are excited to soon be doing so.”

One of the nation’s oldest family-owned, privately held companies, Sazerac currently has operations in Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, California, Maryland, Maine and Montreal.

AGuilmet@newstote.com


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