11 Mar 2022
STOLI GROUP ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN
Stoli to Support Ukrainian Relief
New York, NY – March 03, 2022 – Stoli Group today announced an immediate financial commitment to World Central Kitchen (WCK), a non-profit organization that is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to climate, humanitarian, and community crises. The support will go directly to relief in Ukraine.
“The reality and uncertainty of this war is immense and we are identifying immediate ways we can support Ukrainians,” commented Damian McKinney, Global CEO, Stoli Group. “WCK, and Chef José Andrés, have repeatedly demonstrated that they are fast and efficient at providing extraordinary care and relief during disaster situations. We are pleased to provide financial support to be used for their efforts in Ukraine and will be announcing long term financial support as Ukrainians grapple with this atrocity.”
Within hours of the invasion, World Central Kitchen began serving hot, nourishing meals at a 24-hour pedestrian border crossing in southern Poland. They quickly expanded their efforts to provide meals to Ukrainians in need who are staying in their cities as well as refugees fleeing to the neighboring countries of Poland, Romania, Hungary, Moldova, and soon Slovakia. WCK is working with local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks in the region to provide nourishing meals at border crossings, shelters, and other refugee communities. Good food provides not only nourishment, but also comfort and hope, especially in times of crisis.
In addition to WCK, Stoli is providing support to Ukrainian employees, partners and distributors as they face extraordinary difficulties. While some are choosing to relocate, others have decided to stay and are in need of financial, emotional and tactical support.
“This is very personal to us,” continued McKinney. “As a former Royal Marine Commando, I know all too well, the desire to take action. We have the resources and ability to sponsor in the near term, and are establishing plans for the long haul to continue help the region that has been so good to Stoli for many years.”
About Stoli Group
Stoli Group was established in 2013 and is responsible for the production, management, and distribution of SPI’s global spirits and wines portfolio. Mainly known for the Stolichnaya Vodka brand, Stoli Group has expanded its portfolio in recent years to appeal to luxury on-premise and more sophisticated global consumers. Signature brands are: Stoli Vodka, elit Vodka, Bayou Rum, Kentucky Owl, Villa One, Gator Bite Rum Liquers, Cenote Tequila, Tulchan Gin, Se Busca Mezcal and Stoli Group’s wine division, Tenute del Mondo. With a presence across a network of more than 176 markets, Stoli Group works with a passionate team of 200 distributors around the world. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Stoli has production facilities in Spain, Italy, Argentina, and the United States, some of which are steeped in history dating back to the early part of the last century. For more information, visit stoli-group.com.