Kendall Jenner’s award-winning brand will expand its footprint in China this August
LOS ANGELES, July 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — 818 Tequila, the award-winning sustainable tequila brand founded by Kendall Jenner, announced today its expansion into China through a partnership with ChinaBev LLC, China’s leading independent importer and distributor of foreign spirits brands.
China is a dynamic market and the largest consumer of spirits in the world. For 818 Tequila, China is a perfect opportunity to reach an excited young market.
“818 Tequila is thrilled to take its first step outside North America with ChinaBev, an industry-leading importer and distributor of alcoholic beverages in China,” said Mike Novy, 818 Tequila president and COO. “Our US launch in May 2021 sparked interest globally, which quickly led to our expansion into the Caribbean and most recently, Canada. Partnering with ChinaBev is a natural next step in bringing our ultra-smooth, award-winning liquid to consumers globally.”
Starting August 18, 2022, ChinaBev will launch 818 Tequila in a curated group of premium on-premise listings in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen. This will be supported by limited nationwide e-commerce before rolling out to all major cities across Mainland China in October where the primary focus will be on on-premise and direct to consumer e-commerce channels.
“ChinaBev is thrilled to partner with Kendall, Mike and the 818 team to bring 818 Tequila to China for the first time,” said Paul Gelinas, ChinaBev co-founder. “818’s super-smooth flavor profile and unique brand voice will allow us to reach beyond the limitations of China’s traditional tequila category, while engaging a broad audience both on-premise and through e-commerce. We look forward to working with 818 to become the super-premium category leader in our market, and to building greater awareness of high-quality tequila here in China.”
Crafted from 100% Blue Weber Agave in Jalisco, Mexico, 818 Tequila features three expressions – Blanco, Reposado and Añejo, and is currently available across the U.S and Canada, and in select markets in the Caribbean.
About 818 Tequila:
Founded by Kendall Jenner, 818 Tequila is an award-winning, hand-crafted tequila brand. Produced using traditional methods in Jalisco, Mexico at a family owned and operated distillery, the brand has won 25 blind tasting awards across eight major industry competitions, including Best Reposado Tequila from the World Tequila Awards, Platinum Award from the SIP Awards, Chairman’s Trophy from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, Triple Gold from the MicroLiquor Spirit Awards, Top 100 Spirits from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, and Innovation Award from the SIP Awards. Sustainably produced from one hundred percent Weber Blue agaves, 818 Tequila features three variations – a Blanco, Reposado and Añejo. For more information, follow @drink818 on Instagram or visit www.drink818.com.
ChinaBev LLC is Mainland China’s leading independent importer and distributor of foreign spirits brands. The company is Headquartered in Beijing, with warehouses in each key region of China, and sales representatives in all major city markets. ChinaBev operates e-commerce flagships on T-Mall and JD.com with over 300,000 followers, and operates the “League of Masters” bartender training program in Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 cities across the country. The company was founded in 2010 in Beijing by American and Chinese partners. Senior leadership includes long-term alumni of Pernod Ricard China, Brown-Forman China, and Bacardi China.
Chinabev is also the co-owner of Commune, China’s largest on-premise alcohol retail chain, recently valued at over $1.2B USD, with 83 locations in over 30 cities across Mainland China. For more information, visit www.ChinaBev.com.