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Crickhowell-based Cellar Drinks Company has major expansion plans

Rhys Anstee, co-owner of Cellar Drinks Company

Cellar Drinks Company, a thriving drinks wholesaler in Crickhowell, has unveiled exciting expansion plans, highlighting its significant growth and community involvement.

Since acquiring the company in January 2021, owners Rhys and Chyrelle Anstee have expanded the business to 17 employees and doubled the size of their warehouse to 20,000 square feet over the past year.

This expansion was facilitated by acquiring the adjacent warehouse, creating customised spaces for wine and spirits storage and premium office areas.

Further cementing their commitment to local business development, Cellar Drinks Company is proud to sponsor the Small Business Growth category at the prestigious Powys Business Awards, to be held at Derring Lines, Brecon on October 4.

The company’s involvement is particularly meaningful as it won the Micro Business Award in 2021 and the Small Business Growth Award in 2022.

“These awards are fantastic for highlighting the achievements of businesses across Powys,” said Rhys. “After winning awards for two consecutive years, we are thrilled to give back by becoming a sponsor.”

The Powys Business Awards, organised by the Mid Wales Manufacturing Group (MWMG) with support from various sponsors, celebrate the diverse range of successful enterprises in the county.

Specialising in the sale of beers, ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks to the licensed trade, Cellar Drinks Company distributes products from many of the nation’s leading breweries.

The company has significantly expanded its customer base from a 50-mile radius to encompass the whole of Mid and South Wales, catering not only to pubs, bars and restaurants, but also to large-scale, high-profile events.

Rhys, a former brewing company director, and Chyrelle, who has more than 20 years of experience in the digital industry, have effectively combined their expertise to drive the business forward.

“We achieved our five-year business plan goals within three years, and we aim to continue this growth because, in business, you can never afford to sit still,” said Rhys.

“We have seen notable growth in categories such as wine. Being part of an exclusive independent wine buying group gives us access to wines from all over the world, enhancing our offerings to all customers.”

Powys Business Awards are open to companies, organisations, social enterprises and charities. There are 12 award categories this year as well as the overall Powys Business of the Year and discretionary Judges Award.

Closing date for entries is July 21 and the awards ceremony will be held at Derring Lines, Brecon on October 4. More information here.