Edrington and Beam Suntory have jointly announced that they will cease their distribution agreement in the UK.

Edrington UK will continue to distribute Beam Suntory brands until the deal ends on January 31, 2025.

From February 2025, Edrington UK will focus exclusively on its own portfolio, which includes The Macallan Scotch whisky.

Meanwhile, Beam Suntory will establish its own commercial business for the UK market, led by Nick Temperley, MD UK & Ireland. Beam Suntory’s brands include American whiskey Jim Beam as well as Japanese whisky Yamazaki.  

Aristotelis Baroutsis, Edrington’s regional managing director for EMEIA, said: “Edrington’s strategy of focusing on ultra-premium spirits in world cities has strengthened our brands and our performance. The UK is our home market, and this is the right moment for us to deepen our focus on the potential for ultra-premium spirits and in particular, for our leading brand, The Macallan.”

Nick Temperley, Beam Suntory’s managing director for UK & Ireland, added: “Firstly, my sincere thanks to the entire team at Edrington UK, with whom we have partnered so closely for so many years, for their outstanding work on our portfolio in the UK.

“It will be an absolute privilege to build the new Beam Suntory UK business. We have strong premium brands and we intend to create a diverse, world-class team anchored in London with capabilities in Scotland and across the country.

“We see significant potential in the UK. It is a very large and sophisticated spirits market and home to many of the world’s best retailers, bars and restaurants. We look forward to partnering with them from February next year.”

Beam Suntory and Edrington’s partnership in the UK dates back around 25 years, evolving over time from the jointly-owned Edrington-Beam Suntory UK business (formerly Maxxium UK) into a third-party distribution partnership in 2021.