Macleod ends Harvey-Miller tie-up

15 October, 2010

Ian Macleod Distillers has taken the distribution of its brands in-house, ending a five-year association with Harvey-Miller Wine & Spirit Agencies.

Alan Wardrop has left Harvey-Miller to join Macleod as UK sales manager to cover wholesalers and whisky specialists.

Macleod has also appointed Neil Boyd, who was previously global brand director for Dewar’s at Bacardi, as UK commercial director with responsibility for sales into major multiples.

“Harvey-Miller has taken the decision to concentrate more on its successful and growing wine business,” said Macleod managing director Leonard Russell.

“We will be investing in advertising and promotion going forward. I believe with this more focused approach we will be in a position to increase the distribution and sales of our brands in the UK.”?The Macleod whisky portfolio includes Smokehead, the Six Isles and Glengoyne, which has just produced a limited edition single cask malt chosen by some of England’s leading whisky retailers. The English Merchants’ Choice is the second release of its type by Glengoyne, and follows an initial offering selected by Scottish whisky shops.

Only 291 bottles of the new whisky – a 13 Year Old European oak sherry hogshead cask, bottled at 54.5% abv – have been made. It has an rrp of £105.

Meanwhile, the distillery’s 10 Year Old malt has been released in an Art of Glengoyne tin, which has an rrp of £29.99 and will be sold in specialist retailers.




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