A BRITISH gin company is entering the Philippine market early next year to set up access to Southeast Asia, an official of the British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (BCCP) said in a briefing on Tuesday.

Distillery Nelson’s Gin is setting up a gin school in the Philippines in the first quarter of 2020.

“They are interested in the market… the Philippines is the largest gin market in the world. Gin within the UK is now developing; there’s now 300 companies, and is becoming a much more developed market, a more sophisticated market,” BCCP Executive Director Chris Nelson said. Mr. Nelson is not affiliated with the company.

The school will teach students how to distill their own gin.

“[The gin school] is actually their initial focus. Obviously, then they will be selling the gin,” Mr. Nelson said, noting that the company is initially looking at the domestic market but is considering expansion.

“Now they’re looking at the Philippines as a potential for access into Southeast Asia.”

Representatives from Nelson’s Gin visited the Philippines in November for a soft launch of the school.

“I think the good thing is because we had such a successful visit, they’re now looking at the possibility of the Philippines who will start — and then branching out into other countries in Southeast Asia,” Mr. Nelson said. — Jenina P. Ibañez