Brewer Innis & Gunn boosts board with trio of appointments

Crawford Sinclar of Innis and Gunn
Crawford Sinclar of Innis and Gunn
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Craft brewer Innis & Gunn has strengthened its board with three new appointments in the wake of US private equity firm L Catterton investing £15 million for a stake in the business.

Two of the new directors, Jean-Philippe Barade and Caroline Folleas, work for L Catterton and the Edinburgh-based firm’s head of UK sales, Crawford Sinclair, has also been appointed.

Earlier this month L Catterton, which specialises in the consumer goods and retail sectors, acquired a stake of just under 28 per cent in the firm.

Barade is a partner and head of the the investor’s London office and Folleas is investment director.

Sinclair, who has played a key role in the launch of Innis & Gunn lager, will continue to lead the UK sales team as well as serving on the board.

He said: “Our ambition to grow the business is hugely exciting, and my goals are to strengthen our position in the UK market by building Innis & Gunn lager into the number one premium brand in Scottish on-trade, and leverage our unique portfolio of beers, backed up with excellent ­customer service and a ­brilliant team of people, to build distribution and sales across the UK.”

The investment by L Catterton is aimed at accelerating the group’s expansion with a target to double turnover between 2015 and 2018.

Founder Dougal Sharp remains the largest shareholder in the business.