Brooke became familiar with theState Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program for which she applied and was awarded $5,000. With these funds she was able to take a multi-country sales trip to establish connections, visitingGuatemala, Panama, Trinidad, Antigua, Bahamas, and attending an important meeting with the food and beverage director at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, which is the largest hotel restaurant and casino in the Caribbean.
In this podcast episode, Dan spoke with Brooke about her startup Velour Imports – a company developing technology to bring craft brands from your local neighborhood across the planet. The conversation ranged across many topics, including of course the wonderful origin story of Velour.
What else did they cover? Listen in and find out! Brooke and Dan talked about her startup journey, as well as: - how religion contributed to Velour’s beginnings - being trapped in an airport for 7 days - whether Brooke gets to sample the beers she exports - a shout out to MS-DOS
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Founder and Owner of Hot Glen Road, John Vasicek, announced the company is preparing to launch its product in the Caribbean and Central America after signing a distribution deal with Velour Imports.
Get Hot Tequila which first launched in the U.S. in 2017, has partnered with Houston based Velour Imports to distribute the world's first, and best, premium 100% agave, habanero-infused tequila reposado into Caribbean restaurant and bars.
When you think of craft beer, you might think of a guy sporting a bushy beard, flannel shirt, and thick-rimmed glasses brewing beer in his kitchen sink. The truth is, however, that the industry has taken off in recent years. As it turns out, beer aficionados have money to spend, and craft beer has grown to be a $300-billion global industry.
New partnership presented opportunities for expansion that she didn't originally foresee. "Instantly going from regional to national distribution with near limitless possibilities was the biggest surprise," says Sinclair. "Another bonus was the ability to further expand Velour's procurement capabilities to distilled spirits whiskey, bourbon, vodka, and gin."
As breweries fight for shelf and taproom space some brands are looking to export their products to international markets. Brooke Sinclair of Velour Imports wants to help more brands reach foreign markets.
As the Caribbean islands struggle to recover from two Category five hurricanes Portland Cider Company lends a hand of support. Portland Cider Company is encouraging Portlanders to visit any one of the 30 islands ready-and-waiting for tourists.
Church Street Brewing Company continues to grow in the Midwest – to include a few other states such as Missouri, Iowa and Florida – co-founder, Lisa Gregor, has decided it’s time to share Church Street’s passion and love of craft beer beyond the U.S. borders.