The Global Drinks Exchange
The world’s first online B2B marketplace for buying and selling spirits, beers, wines, champagnes and non-alcoholic drinks.
For years, trading drinks was a risky and difficult process. Brand owners, often unable to find a buyer, ended up sitting on dead stock or worse, destroying it and increasing their carbon footprint. Retailers & wholesalers faced the opposite challenges. They couldn’t find the right stock at the right time, or buy it at the right price.
It was time to usher in a new world of drinks trading, so Spiritrade was introduced in 2019. In a very short span of time, our trusted B2B marketplace has become an indispensable daily trading tool for drinks industry professionals around the globe – from brand owners and distributors to traders and even large supermarket groups. Not to mention, we helped to save 25,000 hectolitres of alcohol from destruction.
The Team Jimmy Metta
Founder and CEO
In a past life, drinks industry veteran, Jimmy, co-founded Vanquish, an award-winning luxury drinks wholesaler based in Central London; and 31Dover.com, the UK’s Leading Online Drinks Retailer. Jimmy is now revolutionising the drinks industry once again, working with an industry-leading team at Spiritrade.
The TeamEd Chartier
Head of E-Commerce
Ed has a wealth of experience in B2B Experience in the FMCG and wholesale sectors. He joined Spiritrade from Unilever where he managed the UFS.com Online Web Shop and created online promotional campaigns for several well-known household brands. Previously Ed worked in the the wholesale sector for Palmer and Harvey where he developed and launched an award-winning online platform.
The Team Henry Rigby
Head of Sales
Henry comes from a background in the UK On-trade and he is currently spearheading the growth of the Spiritrade Trade Sales team. He is focusing his efforts on expanding our global reach into new markets with an emphasis on security and reliability.
The Team James Hawkey
A recent Masters’s graduate from the University of Exeter with a degree in Security Strategy. James is looking to leverage his experience trading within the Foreign Exchange markets, and to trade with distributors primarily within the UK’s Drinks markets.
The Team Jeff Taubert
Jeff is a recent graduate from the University of Exeter with a degree in Marketing with Management. Jeff is experienced in direct selling and is now looking to further develop his sales skills and to trade with distributors primarily focusing within the French and UK Drinks Markets.
The Team Roni Ornadel
Recently graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in International Business. Roni has experience trading within the electronics market and is now looking to trade with distributors within the Drinks market.
The Team Andy Gjeka
After graduating from the University of Warwick with a degree in Management, Andy gained experience in the SME M&A market in the UK as a Junior Deal Leader. Now, Andy looks forward to further developing his skills in the Drinks and Trading industries here at Spiritrade.
The Team Ruth O’Halloran
A recent graduate in Business Studies and French from Trinity College Dublin, Ruth also has experience in the hospitality and tourism industry in Ireland. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in the drinks industry and providing support to the team at Spiritrade.
The Team Ephrem Gorsa
Ephrem has over 20 years of accounting and financial experience and joined Spiritrade in September last year. Having previously worked in eCommerce, consulting, and accounting practice, Ephrem is happy to handle financial matters and is also in charge of potential clients and all account-related issues at the company.
The Team Imaan Khan
Imaan recently graduated from King’s College London where she read history. She is excited to take on her new role where she will be helping to onboard new members to the Spiritrade Platform and providing ongoing support to our members.
Spiritrade was founded as the World’s First B2B Global Drinks Exchange with the aim of producing less waste, less emissions, more innovation and efficient trade.
Spiritrade started with a focus on trading spirits, which also inspired our company name. Our revolutionary technology led to a demand from our members to include new categories on our platform. Due to these requests we expanded our offer to include beer, wine, champagne and non-alcoholic drinks.
A major landmark was reached in 2021 when a significant seven figure sum was invested into Spiritrade by a group of private investors, to propel our growth plans. These plans included investing in upgrading our bespoke B2B technology and offering an improved customer experience.
Spiritrade was proud to announce that we saw a Year 2 turnover of more than £10,000,000.00 and a 1800% increase compared to Year 1. This was an exciting time for Spiritrade and our members!
From Pandemic to Progress.
There was a significant increase in membership, which included major brand owners, leading distilleries and breweries during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Due to challenges with their current supply chain, they were in need for a solution to sitting on excess short shelf-life stock, while the on-trade was shut.
Spiritrade provided an answer and solved these issues by finding buyers for that stock.
Q1 of 2021 was a record quarter for Spiritrade, as we registered sales of more than $15 million in the first quarter of the year.
At Spiritrade we take sustainability seriously. We have helped our members, including leading breweries, distilleries, and wholesalers reduce their carbon footprint! We have helped to save 25,000 hectolitres from destruction, all whilst reducing carbon emissions of stock by reducing travel and wastage, and this number will only grow
We upgraded the size of the Spiritrade hub to a spacious spot within the heart of London, at Camden LABS Atrium. This was to accommodate our growing team, which has more than doubled since Spiritrade first launched.
Spiritrade’s global network continues to grow as we now operate in 100+ countries. Due to Spiritrade’s increasing global presence in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as Europe, we work with 8 warehouses worldwide to help ease the trading process for our members
In July 2022, Spiritrade was humbled to announce that after winning ‘Drinks Trading Platform Of The Year’ for 3 consecutive years in a row, we also won the SME Enterprise Award for Best Trading platform.
We raised 2 million dollars from new investors in Tranche 1 of our series A investment.
Our Founder and CEO Jimmy Metta, commented on the news: “Spiritrade is already revolutionising the way drinks are traded, becoming a benchmark for product pricing in the secondary and global markets. This investment will ensure we continue this trajectory.”
We revealed our new and more streamlined Spiritrade logo. The Logo features the drop, the check and the trading arrow, representing the brand’s high-quality trading platform.
We released the latest version of our platform, Spiritrade 2.0, during November 2022. The new user interface is focused heavily on customer experience for both buyers and sellers, to ensure the best experience for all members. After being in the works for a year, we were proud to announce this milestone, which included many new user benefits such as being web-responsive, highly secure, offering real-time negotiation and brand activation options.
We are proud to release the new Spiritrade website. Our sleek and user-friendly design has been created to give our members the best experience. Find all answers to our frequently asked questions in one place, as well as an easy way to contact our industry leading team.
Here at Spiritrade we are happy to announce that we have successfully launched our first API (Application Programming Interface) integration. This enables our members to gain fast access to real-time offers, stock levels, information, and pricing instantaneously for over 5,000 new products! We hope to continue to work alongside our members, and to collaborate on further API integrations and additional technological advancements in the future.