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Ian Macleod Distillers Appoint Travel Trade Director

6th November 2007

Ian Macleod Distillers is delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Lane in the new role of Director of Travel Retail.

Andy Lane

Bringing over 20 years of experience within the travel retail and duty-free markets, Andy Lane's appointment forms an integral part of Ian Macleod's ambitious new five-year sales and marketing plan which aims to increase the company's presence, volume and profit within global Travel Retail.  

Previously the Director of Travel Retail at Whyte & Mackay, Andy Lane has been working with Ian Macleod on a consultancy basis over the past six months assisting in the development of Ian Macleod's Travel Retail strategy.  

Leonard Russell, Managing Director of Ian Macleod Distillers commented: "Andy is a very welcome addition to the Ian Macleod team. His industry knowledge and expertise will be a key element in directing our future growth in the Travel Retail  market.â?

The award winning Ian Macleod portfolio, which includes Glengoyne Highland Single Malt, blended whiskies King Robert II and Langs as well as rum, gin and vodka, currently has combined sales of more than one million cases.  Eighty five percent being exported to over 65 markets worldwide.  Over the next five years, Ian Macleod plans to increase its travel retail sales from eight per cent to ten per cent of its overall business.

The launch of two new exclusive travel retail products, Glengoyne Burnfoot and Smokehead Extra Rare, at Cannes TFWA last month reinforces Ian Macleod's commitment to the Travel Retail sector.  

The first in a series of Travel Retail exclusives planned by Ian Macleod over the next five years, Glengoyne Burnfoot brings a modern twist to the heritage of the Glengoyne Distillery (originally called Burnfoot).  While Smokehead Extra Rare builds on the immense success of Smokehead Islay Single Malt, reinterpreting the award-wining design in silver with gun-metal foiled letterpress.

Leonard continued, "As independent distillers, we are in a strong position in the malts sector to respond to consumers who look to Travel Retail channels to try something new or source limited editions and collections.�

For more information contact:

Iain Weir

Marketing Director

Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd.

t: 01506 852205

e: iain@ianmacleod.com

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