William Grant's & Sons has played down reports of a boycott of its products in Cognac, following the company's decision to close its brandy production facility in the French region.

Reports out of Cognac last week claimed that William Grant's Glenfiddich Scotch whisky brand was the subject of a boycott in the region, in response to last month's announcement that the Raynal & Cie site - which produces the Raynal and Three Barrels brandies - would be closed early next year.

When contacted by just-drinks on Friday (21 November), however, a spokesperson said the boycott was limited in both scale and timeframe. "We have heard of some limited activity in one hypermarket in the region," the spokesperson said. "That activity has now concluded."

The spokesperson also said that the company, which bought Raynal & Cie three years ago, was looking to "maximise the redeployment" of employees elsewhere in the region. "We are also looking at alernative opportunities for the site, in terms of potential jobs."

Up to 44 staff could lose their jobs as a result of the closure.

Brandy blending is set to be farmed out locally in the area, while bottling will be transferred to William Grant's site at Strathclyde, outside Glasgow.