William Grant & Sons announces first local production venture in India

William Grant & Sons, the 130-year-old family run Scottish distiller, partnered with Modi Distilleries Limited to launch Grant’s Blended Scotch whisky in India.

As per the deal, Grant’s Scotch Whisky will be shipped in bulk from Scotland to Modi’s distillery at Modinagar in Uttar Pradesh. From Uttar Pradesh, it will be bottled and packaged before being sold nationwide. The brand will initially be sold from September in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra, Telangana, Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

James Pennefather, managing director William Grant & Sons India Pvt Ltd, said “This marks an important next phase of William Grant & Sons’ India market entry strategy. Having already established a successful portfolio of imported premium spirits such as Glenfiddich, Monkey Shoulder and Hendricks Gin in India, we decided that this is the right time to enter local production in the market.”

India is expected to be one of the largest contributors to global whisky growth over the next 5 years, as per IWSR global forecasts.  The report also predicts the blended scotch market in India is expected to grow to 5 million cases by 2021.

Abhishek Modi, executive director of Modi Distilleries Limited, said, “This association with William Grant & Sons is a natural fit for our Company, since we have already established our quality credentials with brands such as Rockford Reserve and Artic Vodka. We look forward to working with William Grant & Sons to bring its leading international brand Grant’s Blended Scotch whisky to a new audience.”

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