William Grant becomes 12th IARD member

Glenfiddich producer William Grant & Sons has become the 12th member of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD). The IARD is a collective of leading beer, wine and spirits producers from around the world who have pledged to work together to tackle harmful drinking. The IARD also works to set new standards of responsibility for the alcoholic beverage industry. Simon Hunt, William Grant & Sons chief executive, said: “As the scale and complexity of…

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Discarded creates rum with banana peel

William Grant & Sons has extended its Discarded line with the launch of a Caribbean rum infused with banana peel. The launch of Discarded Banana Peel Rum follows the “success” of the brand’s inaugural product – Discarded Sweet Cascara Vermouth. The vermouth was infused with cascara, the outer fruit of the coffee berry and a waste product in coffee production. Discarded Spirits Company has used banana peel, an “overlooked ingredient” that is usually binned, to…

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William Grant ‘reinterprets’ Balvenie Classic for travel retail

William Grant & Sons has unveiled a trio of travel retail-exclusive Balvenie single malt whiskies as part of its Stories range – including a “reinterpretation’ of The Balvenie Classic. The three new whiskies in The Balvenie Stories collection were unveiled at the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes, France, on Monday (30 September), and will launch exclusively in global travel retail in June 2020. The range will comprise of The Creation of the Classic, The…

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William Grant reports double-digit revenue growth

Hendrick’s Gin maker William Grant & Sons has reported revenue growth of 11.6% for 2018, driven by “healthy” value and volume sales of its core brands. The Scottish group’s turnover hit £1.325 billion (US$1.631bn) in the year, while profit after tax increased by 4% to £260 million (US$320m) following a raft of “significant investments”. In 2018, William Grant & Sons opened its new distillery and ‘gin palace’ for Hendrick’s; relaunched the Grant’s blended Scotch range;…

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Balvenie launches sixth batch in Tun 1509 range

Speyside distillery The Balvenie has launched the sixth edition in its collectible Tun 1509 series, which includes liquid from three different cask types. Released annually, each bottling in The Balvenie Tun 1509 series features whiskies that comprise different casks married together in the distillery’s Tun 1509, housed in Warehouse 24, for several months. The Tun 1509 range was launched in 2014 to replace the popular Tun 1401 range, which used a smaller marrying tank. Batch…

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