AN award-winning liqueur range inspired by Britain’s best-loved puds is a Barnsley success story.
Restaurant owner Andy Gardiner has turned ‘a bit of fun’ into a tasty little business over two years - and named it ‘Boozy Infusion’.
It’s sweet success for Andy, 48, who pursued his plans with help from Enterprising Barnsley, despite suffering a heart attack last year.
He linked with chef wife Anita, to produce a Sticky Toffee Pudding flavoured liqueur.
Then came two more flavours to the range – Jamaican Ginger Cake and Black Forest Gateau.
The liqueurs, sold individually and in a three-flavour stacking bottle, are now sold at 15 farm shops in the region. A total of 1,000 bottles sold in December alone.
Since one-man outfit Andy can not make the drinks fast enough, he is to take on on a full-time assistant and has a bottling plant on standby. The plan is to market to national chains and supermarkets. Specialists from Enterprising Barnsley have assisted with brand development and marketing.
Andy said: “The response to Boozy Infusion has been amazing. People like the fact it’s a grown-up, all-natural drink and love the taste. I know that bottles have gone as far afield as Bermuda and New Zealand and the catering manager at the House of Lords visited the restaurant and took a bottle back to London.
“We’re ready for rapid growth and that’s partly thanks to the support I’ve had through Enterprising Barnsley as that made me realise I had a product with commercial potential.”
Andy’s Jamaican Ginger Cake liqueur scooped two coveted awards at the Deliciouslyorkshire Awards for 2011/12, winning ‘Best Drink’ and the ‘Consumers’ Choice’ judged by members of the public. It was praised for its ‘knock out’ aroma and its ‘clean flavour and versatility’.
The Enterprising Barnsley programme has attracted £2.89m investment from the European Regional Development Fund.