Pernod Ricard declined to comment on the report

Pernod Ricard declined to comment on the report

Pernod Ricard has been named in a Bloomberg report as one of the bidders in an auction for Utah-based High West Distillery. 

The article, which quoted unnamed sources, said investment bank UBS Group had been assigned to handle the sale. A source told Bloomberg the brand could fetch around US$100m. 

A spokesperson for Pernod Ricard told just-drinks the company does not comment on speculation.

High West was established in 2007. According to the Utah company, it was the first legal distillery to be set up in the state since 1870. High West's CEO is John Esposito, who, in February 2015, was named chairman of Stolichnaya Group's US division. High West was founded by David and Jane Perkins. 

The company could not be reached for comment.

US whiskey continues to be a major growth driver for spirits companies. Earlier this year, IWSR figures suggested North American whiskies led growth in all price segments. 

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