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June 7, 2019
Four Virginia Craft Beverage Companies to Exhibit at Barra Mexico in Mexico City
Contact: Michael Wallace, VDACS, 804.786.1904

Four Virginia craft beverage companies will exhibit at the Barra Mexico trade show in Mexico City on June 9 and 10. The four companies, Catoctin Creek Distilling, Chesapeake Bay Distillery, Navy Hill Soda + Tonic and Square One Organic Spirits, will offer samples of their products in the “Virginia is for Spirits Lovers” themed booth.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of International Marketing and its Latin American trade representative are supporting the distilleries in this international event:

  • Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, Purcellville VA, opened its doors in 2009. Its flagship product, Roundstone Rye, has won gold medals across the globe and is a rye whisky replicating old-world production methods.
  • Chesapeake Bay Distillery, Virginia Beach, VA, opened in 2005. The distillery produces more than 19 brands of ultra-premium small batch vodka and rum. Chesapeake Bay Distillery is also the first distillery in the world to produce a spirit made from breadfruit – Mutiny Island Vodka.
  • Navy Hill Tonic + Soda, Richmond, VA, produces a low calorie, low sugar soda/tonic blend infused with natural flavors and electrolytes. Navy Hill adds electrolytes, in the form of natural potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium ions, to replace the essential elements that are depleted when drinking alcohol.
  • Square One Organic Spirits, Ivy, VA, distilled one of the first certified organic vodkas in the United States when it was introduced in 2006. The company produces a collection of spirits, crafted from 100 percent organic rye and infused with garden-inspired essences including cucumber, basil, bergamot and botanicals.

“Craft beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, are a growing segment of our agriculture economy, and we are thrilled that these companies are utilizing VDACS’ international marketing resources to grow their brands and sales revenue in markets outside of the U.S.,” said VDACS Commissioner Jewel Bronaugh. The VDACS Office of International Marketing assists agriculture and forestry products producers, including specialty foods and beverages companies, to find profitable export opportunities around the world.

Mexico is Virginia’s seventh largest market for agricultural and forest products. Barra Mexico is the largest premium spirits and bar event in Latin America. More than 135 spirits, craft beer, wine and bar exhibitors will present their products and new ideas to industry professionals at this event, which attracts restauranteurs, hoteliers, bartenders, importers, distributors and brand managers from all of Latin America.

For more information on Barra Mexico 2019, visit barramexico.com/en/ and follow the show’s social media hashtags #BarraMéxico2019 and #TheBarOfTheFuture.


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