Famous Grouse festive sales overtake Jack Daniel’s in UK

Blended Scotch The Famous Grouse overtook American whiskey Jack Daniel’s during the festive period to become the UK’s top-selling whisky by value in the off-trade. According to data from Nielsen Scan Track, Off-Trade Total Coverage, sales of The Famous Grouse during the 12 weeks to 4 January 2020 rose 2.6% by value in the off-trade compared to the previous year. This meant that sales of The Famous Grouse exceeded £71 million (US$92.6m) in the UK…

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Brown-Forman opens London HQ as it eyes UK growth

Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman has opened its London headquarters following a completed refurbishment, as it prepares to launch its own distribution company in the UK. Brown-Forman, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year, said the new office in Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, marks a “major step” towards establishing its own distribution arm in the UK in May. In July last year, Brown-Forman revealed it had reached an agreement with Bacardi to end their distribution partnership…

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SB’s most read stories of 2019

Cannabis, celebrity endorsements and Game of Thrones-themed whiskies were among the most attention-grabbing stories in the spirits sector last year. Here, we count down our most read online stories of 2019. While the biggest stories in the spirits sector featured punitive tariffs, distillery investments and strike action, it was new and innovative product launches that dominated our list of most read stories online last year. Among some of the articles that missed out on a…

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Brown-Forman delivers mid-single-digit growth in H1

Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman has reported a net sales increase of 5% to US$1.8 billion in the first six months of its 2020 fiscal year, boosted by Tequila and premium Bourbons. In the company’s six month period ending 31 October, operating income increased 1% in the quarter to US$600 million. Brown-Forman also reported its net sales for the second quarter, which were up 9% to US$989m. Operating income for the period increased 6% to US$352m.…

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