William Grant & Sons CEO steps down

Simon Hunt has decided to step down as CEO of William Grant & Sons after almost five years in the role. Hunt took over as CEO following the departure of Stella David in 2016. He will provide a short period of handover, but as of yesterday (22 October), William Grant’s chief financial officer Giles Wilson has taken on Hunt’s responsibilities. William Grant & Sons, which owns Glenfiddich Scotch whisky and Hendrick’s gin, said a new…

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Roust and William Grant end UK distribution deal

Russian Standard vodka owner Roust will end its five-year partnership with William Grant & Sons UK and will launch its own distribution company in 2021. For the last five years, William Grant & Sons UK has looked after the distribution of Russian Standard, Green Mark and Żubrówka in the UK. From 1 January 2021, Roust UK will launch as a full-service distributor, directly managing customer relationships and supply chains to leading grocers nationwide. Roust UK…

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William Grant buys Tequila distillery

Scottish spirits firm William Grant & Sons has acquired a distillery in Mexico to support the growth of Milagro Tequila and drive innovation. The acquisition is part of William Grant & Sons’ “multi-million-pound investment plan to build its brands globally and upgrade its infrastructure to support the company’s growth ambitions”. The move will protect Milagro’s “continued success, while opening up the opportunity for future innovation for the company”, the family-owned firm said. Jonathan Yusen, William…

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Tullamore Dew: a brand history

Irish whiskey brand Tullamore Dew has a long history and thanks to shrewd marketing, it has become hugely successful on home turf and outside of Ireland. *This feature was originally published in the May 2020 issue of The Spirits Business magazine.  “We’re right in the heart of Ireland, geographically and emotionally ­– as I say in my more poetic moments,” says Tullamore Dew’s global brand ambassador, John Quinn. The original distillery in the centre of…

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Atopia names The Saturdays’ Frankie Bridge ambassador

William Grant & Sons has appointed Frankie Bridge, one-fifth of pop group The Saturdays, as the first ambassador for low-ABV ‘spirit’ brand Atopia. Bridge, who is also an author, podcast host and TV presenter, has a social media audience of more than two million fans across Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok. She is also an ambassador for mental health charity Mind. Glenfiddich owner William Grant & Sons launched Atopia in June last year, which has…

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