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Rémy Cointreau USA To Bring Bruichladdich In-House

December 18, 2013

Rémy Cointreau USA is set to take over U.S. import, distribution and marketing of its Bruichladdich Islay single malt Scotch brand. Starting January 1, Rémy’s U.S. arm will handle the entire Bruichladdich portfolio, which, in addition to the core Bruichladdich label, also comprises the brand’s Port Charlotte, Octomore and The Botanist Gin offshoots. Previously, the full lineup had been handled in the U.S. by Winebow.

Acquired by Rémy Cointreau in 2012 for $90 million, Bruichladdich sold just around 4,000 cases in the U.S. market last year. The brand, however, appears well positioned to benefit from whisky’s upswing and, earlier this year, Rémy announced that it would increase annual production at the Bruichladdich distillery from 750,000 liters to 1.5 million liters. Last year, Winebow CEO Jon Moramarco told SND that the only thing limiting Bruichladdich’s growth in the U.S. was supply constraints.

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