Edrington (UK)

Scotland's Edrington controls a small but important portfolio of Scotch whisky brands led by Famous Grouse and The Macallan. Impact estimated volumes of 3.1m cases for Grouse in 2016 and retail sales of $815m. It overtook Bell's in 2013 to become the top-selling whisky in the UK, at least in the take-home market. More recent acquisitions or launches include Brugal rum (2.9m cases in 2016), Snow Leopard super-premium vodka and Highland Park super-premium whisky. However, some smaller brands are being sold in 2018, including non-core blended whisky Cutty Sark. The group is co-owner with Beam Suntory of the distribution network previously known as Maxxium, but renamed in 2018 Edrington-Beam Suntory. As a result it has a reputation and influence greater than its size would suggest. Edrington's own combined volumes were 8.4m cases in the year ending Mar 2018. Total revenues were £707m. Ian Curle is chief executive. The group is privately owned by a charitable trust established by the descendants of William Robertson, who founded the original core of the business, later known as Highland Distillers, in the 1880s. Adbrands does not currently profile this company but subscribers may access account assignments and contact information. The searchable account assignments database is available to full subscribers to Adbrands.net premium services. Click here to access Adbrands account assignments (subscribers only); or see here for information on how to subscribe.

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