Uncle Nearest Distillery Purchases Square One Organic Spirits: A New Dawn in Craft Spirits

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Today, we are thrilled to share groundbreaking news that has sent ripples through the spirits industry. Uncle Nearest, renowned as the top-selling Black-owned spirit company globally, announces the acquisition of Square One Organic Spirits. This monumental merger is set to reshape the landscape of craft spirits, combining the legacy of two pioneering brands into a formidable force.

A Legacy of Innovation: The Rise of Square One Organic Spirits

Square One Organic Spirits has been a trailblazer in the industry since its inception in 2004. As the first company dedicated to producing exclusively USDA certified organic spirits, Square One revolutionized the market with its pioneering organic rye vodka. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the brand boasts lifetime sales exceeding $22 million and nearly 200,000 cases sold, a testament to its strong market presence and consumer loyalty.

This remarkable success story is driven by the tireless efforts of Founder and CEO Allison Evanow, who has often served as the brand’s primary, and sometimes sole, salesperson. Her dedication to quality and innovation has cemented Square One’s reputation as a leader in organic spirits.

A Bold Expansion: Uncle Nearest’s Vision

Uncle Nearest has not been content to rest on its laurels. Last year, the company made headlines with the acquisition of Domaine Saint Martin, an estate with over 350 years of history and a deep connection to cognac-making luminaries. Spanning more than 100 acres along the Charente River in Cognac, France, the estate includes 40 percent of the Grande Champagne vineyards in the city—recognized as the most prestigious cru for Cognac production. This strategic acquisition positioned Uncle Nearest as the largest owner of Grande Champagne vineyards within the city, marking its ambitious entry into the Cognac market.

This latest acquisition of Square One Organic Spirits signals another bold move in Uncle Nearest’s expansion strategy. As Founder and CEO Fawn Weaver stated, “In 2020, I expressed our vision for Uncle Nearest to not just be a brand, but to become the first spirits conglomerate in America founded by a woman or person of color.” This vision is rapidly becoming a reality, demonstrating Weaver’s unwavering commitment to growth and innovation.

Maintaining Tradition While Embracing Change

Under the new partnership, Square One will maintain its commitment to farm-to-glass production, continuing to deliver high-quality, organic spirits to its loyal consumer base. Excitingly, Square One plans to introduce a new line of organic, gluten-free options designed to appeal to a broader audience. Despite the changes, Evanow will continue to play a pivotal leadership role, ensuring that the brand’s founding principles remain at the forefront of its expanded operations.

A rebranding of Square One Organic Vodka, led by The Formulation Group, will be unveiled prior to expanding into all 50 states this summer. This fresh new look will reflect the innovative spirit of the brand while honoring its legacy of quality and sustainability.

A Perfect Partnership: Strengthening Sales and Distribution

Evanow’s sentiments reflect the strategic benefits of this acquisition: “While we have really loved being an independent brand so that we could focus on quality organic ingredients and unique flavor profiles, the intense demands of handling nearly all sales personally underscored the need for stronger backing. Uncle Nearest will not only preserve our independent spirit and world-class quality, but also bring the robust sales and distribution capabilities we need to reach our full potential.”

Uncle Nearest’s extensive national distribution network and deep commitment to heritage and authenticity make it the ideal partner for Square One. This merger will enable Square One to scale its operations, reaching new markets and consumers while maintaining its dedication to quality and sustainability.

Meeting Consumer Demand for Authenticity

Weaver’s insights highlight a key trend in the spirits industry: “There is a clear demand for brands that are authentically owned and culturally resonant. Consumers are increasingly discerning, seeking products that not only deliver high quality but also maintain genuine ties to the communities they represent. This shift towards authenticity has created a pivotal opportunity for a company like ours. With Uncle Nearest’s extensive national distribution network and our deep commitment to heritage and authenticity, we are perfectly positioned to meet this growing demand. By entering the vodka market, we’re not just expanding our portfolio, we’re responding to a consumer call for transparent, culturally connected brands.”

A Bright Future Ahead

The acquisition of Square One Organic Spirits by Uncle Nearest marks a significant milestone in the craft spirits industry. This union brings together two visionary brands, each committed to quality, innovation, and authenticity. As Uncle Nearest continues to expand its portfolio and reach new markets, it remains dedicated to preserving the heritage and values that have made it a leader in the industry.

As whiskey enthusiasts and craft spirit lovers, we can look forward to exciting developments in the coming months. The rebranded Square One Organic Vodka will soon be available nationwide, offering new and existing fans a taste of its exceptional quality and unique flavor profiles. This acquisition not only strengthens Uncle Nearest’s position in the market but also sets a new standard for excellence and authenticity in the spirits industry.

Stay tuned for more updates and join us in celebrating this monumental merger. Together, Uncle Nearest and Square One Organic Spirits are poised to redefine the future of craft spirits, one innovative step at a time.

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