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US: William Grant & Sons appoints marketing exec

9 Jan 2008

William Grant & Sons has recruited a new senior vice president of marketing for its US subsidiary.

UK: William Grant & Sons lines up Balvenie French exclusive

14 Dec 2007

William Grant & Sons has created an exclusive expression of The Balvenie malt whisky for France’s biggest airport retailer, Aelia.

US: Proximo Spirits (Olive) branches into US vodka

17 Oct 2007

Two former senior drinks executives have set up a new company in the US and bought a vodka brand. Mark Teasdale, formerly MD of William Grant and Sons North America, and Michael Cheek, who was previously the president of Brown-Forman Spirits Worldwide, have teamed up to form Proximo Spirits in the country.

US: William Grant appoints new US chief

16 Oct 2007

Independent spirits company William Grant & Sons has appointed Simon Hunt as managing director of William Grant & Sons North America and Mexico and president of WGS USA, with effect from 15 October.

UK: The Balvenie to get pre-Christmas push in UK

25 Sep 2007

William Grant & Sons has launched a UK marketing campaign for its single malt Scotch The Balvenie in the run-up to Christmas.

Majors will have to work hard for Indian spirits rewards

13 Sep 2007

The Indian spirits sector has undoubted growth potential, on the back of a growing economy, an expanding middle class and rising disposable income but international companies face many obstacles as they seek to exploit the opportunities on offer. Euromonitor International assesses which companies are best placed.

UK: Pan-industry group to investigate Scotch image and innovation

17 Aug 2007

Leading figures in the Scotch whisky industry are to form a pan-industry working party to investigate the question of image and innovation in Scotch. The debate will be led by the World Whisky Conference (WWC) and is being supported by just-drinks.

Pot of Gould – Private patience

16 Aug 2007

It is the results season, so attention is focused on the major public drinks corporations as they give their shareholders the good or bad news. But Patience Gould believes that in an industry where taking a long-term view is vital, private companies have an important advantage over their publicly-owned counterparts.

US: Pernod Ricard poaches William Grant man for US

14 Aug 2007

Pernod Ricard has appointed a former William Grant employess to the newly-created role of vice president of wine sales in the US.

UK: William Grant & Sons adds to board

16 Jul 2007

William Grant & Sons has appointed Alex Short to its supervisory board.

UK: Russian Standard set for UK release

12 Jun 2007

Premium vodka brand Russian Standard is set to arrive in the UK.

US: Wm Grant prepares Reyka vodka advertising

6 Jun 2007

William Grant & Sons has lined up an advertising push for its Reyka vodka brand.

UK: Glenfiddich updates website

5 Jun 2007

William Grant & Sons has redesigned its Glenfiddich website to support its brand positioning and ‘Every Year Counts’ campaign.

US: Ex-William Grant exec founds US spirits import company

4 May 2007

Former William Grant & Sons executive vice-president and national sales manager Joel Gosler has formed a new US import and marketing company.

UK: Wm Grant outlines Glenfiddich ambitions

29 Mar 2007

William Grant & Sons is to embark on a GBP23m (US$45m) marketing effort behind flagship Scotch whisky Glenfiddich.

UK: Wm Grant adds to travel retail team

20 Mar 2007

William Grant has bolstered it travel retail marketing department.

UK/MEXICO: Wm Grant buys stake in Tequila firm

29 Jan 2007

UK distiller William Grant has bought a stake in Tequila producer Milagro for an undisclosed sum.

GLOBAL: The Glenlivet joins Glenfiddich in 500K club

25 Jan 2007

Chivas Brothers is celebrating breaking half-a-million case sales of The Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky.

Blending in: the malt with dual personality

18 Jan 2007

Blended malt is often regarded as the ‘mongrel’ of the Scotch category, but it is clearly a growth area. Some consider the combination of the kudos of malt with the brand-friendly flexibility of blends to be a winning formula. Richard Woodard is not so sure.

UK/AUS: Wm Grant strikes Suntory deal

15 Jan 2007

William Grant has struck a deal with Suntory that will see the Japanese drinks group distribute the UK distiller’s products in Australia.

DENMARK: Wm Grant seals distribution deal with Hans Just

11 Jan 2007

UK distiller William Grant has named Danish group Hans Just as its travel-retail distributor for the Nordic markets.

US: William Grant appoints wine director

21 Dec 2006

The US arm of UK spirits group William Grant has appointed a new wine director.

UK: Glenfiddich to embark on Christmas push

7 Nov 2006

Scotch whisky brand Glenfiddich is to receive a promotional push over Christmas that aims to celebrate the heritage of the brand.

UK: Wm Grant MD quits amid restructuring

6 Nov 2006

The global commercial director of UK distiller William Grant & Sons has left amid restructuring at the company, according to local reports.

UK: Wm Grant strikes music deal for cult whisky

3 Nov 2006

William Grant has secured a sponsorship deal with UK music magazine for Scotch whisky brand Monkey Shoulder.

UK: Wm Grant quashes Whyte & Mackay bid talk

18 Oct 2006

UK spirits group William Grant & Sons has distanced itself from the race to buy Whyte & Mackay.

Tariko plays Russian card in global vodka market

18 Oct 2006

Having pioneered the super-premium vodka category in Russia, billionaire entrepreneur Roustam Tariko is eyeing international markets with his Russian Standard Original and Imperia brands, looking to build on the genuine Russian credentials he feels many of his better known competitors lack. Richard Woodard reports.

UK: Glenfiddich set for limited edition release

9 Oct 2006

First Drinks Brands is to launch a limited edition Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky across the UK in time for Christmas.

UK: Wm Grant buys out Bacardi from FDB

28 Sep 2006

UK distiller William Grant has bought out partner Bacardi-Martini from First Drinks Brands, their UK distribution venture.

RUSSIA: William Grant names Roust as distributor

10 Jul 2006

William Grant & Sons has appointed Roust to handle two key brands in Russia.

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