US-based investment company BDT Capital Partners has made an equity investment in tequila producing company Casa Dragones.

The investment will be used by Casa Dragones to fund an expansion of its research and development capabilities, as well as improving its sustainable production process.

The tequila producer believes these changes will strengthen its position in the ultra-premium and luxury tequila category worldwide.

Casa Dragones co-founder and CEO Bertha González Nieves said: “Our mission is to shape the tequila industry for the future and we believe this investment from BDT, and their role as our lead investor, will help us accelerate our momentum, growth and reach.

“We welcome this investment from BDT because they share our values and long-term commitment to building on the strong foundation of Casa Dragones.

“BDT will help us accelerate growth and reach more markets across the US and internationally.”

“BDT will help us accelerate growth and reach more markets across the US and internationally. Their experience partnering with founders and entrepreneurs, as well as their network of successful global business owners, will be valuable to our company’s next phase of growth.”

Upon completion of the deal, BDT Capital Partners and affiliates will own a majority stake in the tequila company.

Nieves will continue to lead Casa Dragones as CEO and will become the second largest shareholder behind BDT Capital Partners.

BDT Capital Partners chairman and CEO Byron Trott said: “We are impressed with Bertha’s entrepreneurial spirit and the quality of the Casa Dragones product and brand. We believe our investment in the company represents an opportunity to partner with a visionary founder in an attractive industry and category.

“We look forward to working closely with the team at Casa Dragones to build upon that strength and momentum of the business and help expand their reach both domestically and internationally.”