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Lyre’s, the world’s leading non-alcoholic spirits brand, has completed a £20 million funding round, valuing the business at £270 million (post money), extending its position as the most valuable brand in the no / low alcohol category worldwide.

15.11.2021 - 10:03:15

Lyre’s Hits £270 Million Valuation in Category’s Largest Funding Round To-Date. Founded in 2019, this valuation has been achieved in less than two and a half years of trading, during which time Lyre’s has entered more than 60 countries and secured partnerships with the world’s leading spirits distributors and listings with over 50 major retailers. The business is on course to be annualising £50 million in revenues by December this year.

(early backers of Alibaba, SpaceX, Lyft, Drizly NinjaVan and Allbirds). Other early backers increasing positions included DLF Venture, VRD Ventures, and Maropost Ventures.

Funds will be used predominantly for marketing, having established a global footprint of 60 countries, as well as to significantly grow headcount, creating more than 50 new jobs in sales and marketing, production, logistics, finance and e-commerce. Lyre’s will also continue to co-invest with several manufacturing partners to expand production capacity to meet demand across its facilities in the UK, Germany, Australia, and the US. Lyre’s has also established an R&D division in partnership with beverage technology giant Döhler, developing a class-leading new product pipeline and ensuring continued innovation in the sector so that products remain best in class.

Daniel Grossman, Managing Director of D Squared Capital, commented: “The no/low alcohol beverage market is one of the fastest growing markets in F&B and is showing similar characteristics to plant-based milks, meats and other mindful consumer categories. Lyre’s leading product, brand and range of award-winning SKUs have proven that they are the industry leader and we are excited to be backing the best in class company.”

Mark Yusko, CEO and Founder of Morgan Creek Capital Management, commented: “We are pleased to be a co-lead investor in this financing round for Lyre’s. We saw early on the potential of the brand and its products to capture market share in this fast-growing consumer category. With a footprint now established in 60 countries, we are excited to see the impact of increased investment in sales and marketing facilitated by this capital injection.”

This capital raise marks the culmination of a transformational year for Lyre’s. In 2021 to date, the business has launched in 20 new countries, including hard-to-enter markets such as the Middle East and China, added four new e-commerce stores and 20 major retail listings, manufactured its one millionth bottle, and developed six new product variations including Pink London Spirit and five ready-to-drink beverages.

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**No and Low Alcohol Strategic Study 2021, IWSR Drinks Market Analysis

About Lyre’s

Lyre’s was created by entrepreneurs Mark Livings and Carl Hartmann in 2019 to replicate the world’s most popular spirits in a non-alcoholic format, each as close to the original premium volume spirit as possible. Lyre’s 14 premium non-alcoholic spirits, including American Malt, Dry London Spirit, and Italian Spritz, are capable of crafting 90% of the world’s best-selling cocktails while also underpinning a ready-to-drink range. Lyre’s is the only range that delivers a true to taste experience. A frictionless swap of a Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirit for the original alcoholic ingredient delivers all the benefits of a premium sophisticated non-alcohol drink without any compromise. Lyre’s currently sells in over 60 countries across multiple channels, including direct-to-consumer via its website, as well in leading restaurants, bars and retailers - including over a dozen of the World’s Top 50 bars, Nobu Restaurants, and Bvlgari and Ritz Carlton hotels - and is available on many airlines. All products are vegan, and packaging is 100% recyclable. Lyre’s is a UK company with an international workforce of over 80 people, production in the UK, Australia, the United States and Germany, and offices in London, Sydney, New York, Singapore, Amsterdam, Dubai and Shanghai.

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