Artisanal Picks Up SBS Brands

Artisanal Imports of Austin, TX announced today the acquisition of the USA brand importing rights held by SBS Imports of Seattle, WA. Artisanal will now be the exclusive U.S. importer of Aspall Cyders from Suffolk, England; Batemans Ales from Lincolshire, England; Bellegems Bruin from the Bockor Brewery in Bellegem, Belgium; and the De Proef Brewmaster’s & Collaboration Series from Lochristi, Belgium. The acquisition will become effective September 1, 2012. Other terms were not disclosed.

“We have considerable respect for these brands and believe they will greatly enhance our portfolio,” noted Artisanal President, Bob Leggett. “We look forward to building upon the foundation established by SBS to help the brands achieve even greater success across the U.S.”

“I have had the pleasure of getting to know Bob and the Artisanal team over the last several years and absolutely believe they are the right company to continue to build these brands in the U.S. market,” added SBS President, Alan Shapiro. “We intend to maintain a close working relationship to ensure a successful transition and future success for the portfolio.”