Bombay Sapphire, the company owned by Bacardi, is on target to become the first gin made using entirely certified sustainable botanicals after eight of its ingredients received accreditation.
The UK-based distiller uses 10 botanicals in its recipe, eight of which are already certified as being sustainably sourced according to the For Life standard. As travel restrictions are lifted in the coming months, the brand also aims to secure the same sustainable-status for its Ghana-originating grains of paradise, and liquorice from China.
Ivano Tonutti is the master of botanicals responsible for the 10 botanicals required to make Bombay Sapphire, who has committed to working with sustainable farmers to source these ingredients.
Speaking on sustainable accreditation IvanoTonutti said: “We take a 360-degree approach to sustainability.
“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 wellbeing and investing in sustainable farming practices, we are helping to protect the environment and their livelihoods for generations to come.”
The For Life certification was awarded to Bombay Sapphire by Ecocert, a leading specialist in the certification of sustainable practices.
Bacardi and Bombay Sapphire worked with suppliers to improve the wellbeing of workers, reduce the environmental impact of each ingredient, carry out responsible purchasing of raw materials, and undertake sustainable development at a local level.
Natasha Curtin, vice president of Bombay Sapphire, said: “I am incredibly proud of this latest achievement by Ivano and his team but as an industry, we must all invest in a more sustainable future.
“Ivano has spent more than 20 years building close relationships with our farmers and suppliers around the world. With his experience and expertise, we have created a blueprint for the sustainable sourcing of botanicals, which we hope will inspire others to do the same.”
For more information, head over to Bombay Sapphire’s official website.
In April, the brand announced the launch of Bombay Sapphire & Tonic Ready-to-Drink (RTD). The new offering combines the brand’s heralded, vapour-infused London Dry Gin with tonic water.