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William Grant & Sons will consider building a distillery for Tullamore Dew "over the course of time"

William Grant & Sons will consider building a distillery for Tullamore Dew "over the course of time"

William Grant & Sons has confirmed that it will consider building a distillery in Ireland for its recently-acquired Tullamore Dew whiskey brand.

A spokesperson for the company, which acquired Tullamore Dew from Ireland's C&C Group last year, told just-drinks late last week that it will look at the possibility of constructing a facility “over the course of time”. William Grant had previously declined to comment on reports that it would make such a move.

“We have a number of distillation sites around the world and, over the course of time, will investigate potential opportunities for building a distillery in Ireland,” the spokesperson told just-drinks.

The whiskey brand is currently produced under contract by Pernod Ricard's Irish Distillers, with bottling handled by William Grant's facility in Clonmel in Ireland.

The spokesperson noted however, that William Grant is still working to “integrate Tullamore Dew into our portfolio, to establish effective routes to market in key markets around the world and to launch a new global communications campaign later this year”.

He continued: “We believe Tullamore Dew is a great brand in one of the most dynamic spirits categories and we shall work with our colleagues around the world to build on its success for the long term.”

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