Tortuga Logistics appoints Andrew Hargreaves as Managing Director

Drinks logistics and distribution company Tortuga has appointed Andrew Hargreaves as Managing Director. His new role comes with ambitious targets to expand the already growing business and further develop their client base.

Hargreaves has over 20 years experience working in food and drink, FMCG, retail and wholesale.  He worked as Senior Buying Manager at Tesco, Purchasing Manager at Brakes Food Services and most recently as MD at drinks distributor Chalie Richards.

Tortuga provides a complete distribution solution for independent alcoholic brands, RTDs, beers and soft drinks in the UK.  Their clients include The Duppy Share Caribbean Rum, Elephant Gin, NightCap, Greenwood Distillers, Lanique and One Gin.  

Independent brands are seeing a surge in interest, with the consumer trend to shop local extending to independent drinks.  Research published in May 2021* stated that 52% of on-trade consumers have increasing support for independent drinks suppliers post lock-down.

Andrew Hargreaves said: 

“My goal is to demonstrate to independent drinks brands that a distribution company can take away the stress of back office function.  With Tortuga on their side, brands know their business is in safe hands, which affords them the precious time needed to create innovative liquids, develop marketing campaigns and build their brands.  We have great relationships with retailers and we can put all the paperwork and logistics in place to help brands get into the sight of their target customers and help them realise their ambitions.”  

The team at Tortuga have many years of experience and a great network of contacts in the industry, so they can advise on pitching to retailers and help make introductions.   They also know the finer details from security tags to duty and their know-how can be tapped into by their clients.

Nick Gillett, owner of Tortuga said:

“I’m delighted about Andrew’s appointment and I believe that working together we can grow both Tortuga and Mangrove UK. Tortuga have an experienced team who are passionate and knowledgeable about the drinks trade.  The team has decades of experience helping brands grow and with Andrew at the helm, I believe they will realise their ambitions of growth and have great success.”

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