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The people we work with and what they say about us

The people we work with and what they say about us

At Stafford Bonded we are industry leaders in the handling, storage, trade and brokerage of alcohol products under bond, with a history stretching back as far as 1892. Our experience, high standards and ability to keep adapting to the ever-changing needs of our clients has kept us in business for over 100 years.

Stafford Bonded continues to grow and innovate with our core business now in the distribution of alcohol products, our bonded warehouse and related services, the trading of duty-free products as ship chandlers, and our first class, whiskey maturation services.

At Stafford Bonded, we enjoy excellent relationships with our clients, many of whom we have been working with for years. We are proud to be the partner of choice to a number of new and emerging, Irish distillers, as well as the large, well-established drinks brands. Our bonded warehouse and en primeur wine storage facility in Wexford is used by a variety of private and business clients, including the hospitality industry, hotels, restaurants, and off-licences.

With over 100 years of experience in the handling, storage and trade of alcohol products, we are excellent at what we do here at Stafford Bonded. But don’t just take our word for it – read what our clients have to say about us:

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“I first met with Michael to discuss our bonded warehousing needs in March 2015. Our experience with Bruichladdich Distillery in Scotland showed the importance of really good, hands-on cask storage. We were keen to improve on it by developing a comprehensive, post-distillery construction, non-core business operation that allowed us to focus on the distilling, while leaving the day-to-day storage to the experts. Michael understood our vision and we were very pleased to team up with his Stafford team.
 
Our first year's production of 1m LPAs was stored at Stafford’s own bond in Wexford while a new site was identified and developed by Stafford’s in 2016 with the construction of bespoke, state-of-the-art maturation

warehouses at Ballygarran, Waterford. In the intervening years we have developed an excellent long-term strategic partnership.
 
In 2017 Stafford’s oversaw the efficient migration of 6,000+ casks from Wexford to Ballygarran, the new home for our crown jewels, Waterford Single Malt Whisky.

Stafford’s have provided us with a full suite of services including bulk intake, cask filling, in-depth financial and stock report, customs and excise reporting, sampling, cask labelling, tracking, live age reporting, disgorging and many other services. Their IT system, bespoke market-leading technology, facilitates and captures all elements of our unique and valued principles of traceability and provenance.

Importantly they continue to invest in their system with any alteration requests carried out promptly and professionally. 
 
Stafford's are proactive problem solvers with a passion for their business and a level of expertise which has ensured a first class, long-term, trusting, productive - and above all - friendly relationship. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.”

Mark Reynier
CEO Waterford Distillery
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“I initially approached Michael at Staffords in 2015 with a view to engaging Staffords to provide a full suite of maturation services to Quintessential Brands for their Irish Whiskey Brands. We put our collective heads together and in entrepreneurial fashion worked towards a mutual set of goals.

Working closely with Staffords has been an exciting journey and a lot has been achieved over the past 4 years, not a long time in the whiskey industry! They have invested Cap Ex in their facilities and systems to ensure they are ahead of the curve and exceeding our current and future requirements.

I am confident in recommending Stafford Bonded as market leaders in bonded warehousing, bulk whiskey management and maturation services. They have a very positive can do approach to work and every request is completed on time to a very high standard. Their reporting and inventory management is first class and it is a pleasure to work with the team there!”

Darryl McNally
Director of Irish Whiskey at Dublin Liberties Distillery
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“The Temple Bar Irish Whiskey Company has been engaging the services of Stafford Bonded since 2016. In that time we have found them to be a company of the highest standards. 

We have employed them to provide a number of specialist services to us relating to our Whiskey business. The services provided have included, casking, intake, disgorging, sampling, ageing, inventory management and also reporting to Customs and Excise.

We have found Stafford’s services to be of the highest standards and are delighted to recommend their services to anyone interested in employing them.

Their high standards assisted us greatly in launching our 4 Whiskey brands successfully in the United States of America, Canada, Germany and Dublin Airport Duty Free over the past 2 years.”

Tom Cleary
Owner and Managing Director at The Temple Bar Whiskey Company
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“We have developed a great partnership with Stafford Bonded since we started working with them in 2003. With business growing at such a pace, it’s great to partner with a company that provides us with the necessary flexibility to meet our customers’ needs. Staffords high level of customer service is also very much in line with our own. We are delighted to have chosen Stafford Bonded and would highly recommend their services.”

Ally Alpine
Managing Director at Irish Whiskey Experience and Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larde
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“My Company has worked with Stafford Bonded for past 20 years. In that time Stafford’s have been supportive and efficient in the way they look after our business details. Our requirements include Long Term/Short Term storage, customs clearance, monthly and annually stocking taking and we never have issues with the warehouse keepers in the transaction of their duties. In term of accounting procedure we don’t ever have an occasion to question the accuracy of these reports.

I am happy to recommend Stafford Bonded and their staff to any third Party!”

James O'Connor
Managing Director Green Acres
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“Kelly’s Hotel Rosslare have engaged the services of Staffords since at least as far back as the 1960s when Staffords bottled casks of wine at their factory in John Street on behalf of Kelly’s Hotel. This strong working relationship remains in place today through the next generation as Kelly’s engage Stafford’s to customs clear imports, handle, store, deliver and manage the reporting and administration of its award winning wine list. Stafford’s offer a first class bonded storage solution and we would happily recommend them.

Billy Kelly
Kelly’s Hotel
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“We use Stafford’s Bonded Warehouse to store Cronins Cider and deliver it to our customers. It is an efficient and cost-effective solution for us. They have a dedicated team in place, who give us excellent service. We couldn’t wish for anything better.”

Richard Chawke
Business Development Manager Cronins Cider
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“Having worked with Michael and the Team at Staffords during my time as Master Distiller at Alltech Beverage Division. I found them to be very professional in providing an excellent post distillery solution for intake of bulk spirit, cask filling, maturation, blending, sampling, disgorging and customs and excise reporting.

I would be delighted to recommend their services to anyone, which I have indeed done in my current consultancy role. They offer economies of scale and their expertise in Customs and Excise reporting and inventory management makes the life of the client very easy.”

Jack O'Shea
CEO, Distiller & Leading Whiskey Consultant
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“We have been working with the team at Stafford Bonded for a number of years. They are professional and adaptable, working closely with us to meet our production requirements.”

Gearoid Cahill
Head Distiller Pearse Lyons Distillery
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