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Ian Macleod Distillers Take Distribution In-House

5th October 2010

Independent bottler and distiller, Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd., are taking the UK and Ireland distribution of their portfolio of spirits brands in-house and have recruited two respected industry experts to support the operation.

Alan Wardrop and Neil BoydAlan Wardrop has joined as UK Sales Manager to manage the sales of all Ian Macleod Distillers' brands into selected wholesalers and whisky specialists.  Alan joins from former distributor Harvey Miller Wine and Spirit Agencies Limited (HMWSA) bringing with him a wealth of knowledge, not only the drinks industry, but of all Ian MacLeod's brands, making the move a seamless one.  Alan has been in the licensed trade since 1986 in sales roles with high profile companies including Carlsberg, Morrison Bowmore Distillers and Fior Brands before joining HMWSA.

Neil Boyd joins as UK Commercial Director and will look after UK business, including sales to the major multiple retailers. Neil has over 15 years experience in the Scotch Whisky industry having  worked with Whyte & Mackay, Glenmorangie plc and more recently the Bacardi Group where for four years he held the position of Global Brand Director for Dewars.

Managing Director, Leonard Russell said of the new appointments: "After five happy years working together with HMWSA it was a mutual decision that Ian Macleod Distillers take distribution back in-house as we are now very successfully providing own label to many multiples throughout UK. Future distribution synergies for this and our core brands now lie in-house.

"HMWSA have taken the decision to concentrate more on their successful and growing wine business. This has been a very amicable decision all round. We will be investing heavily in advertising and promotion going forward. I believe that with this more focused approach we will be in a position to increase the distribution, and consequently, the sales of our brands here in the UK."

Neil said of his new position: "I have followed the success of Ian Macleod Distillers and their brands for some time and am impressed by what they have achieved.  I look forward to joining the team and doing my bit to drive further success in the UK."

Alan commented: "I am delighted to be joining Ian Macleod Distillers and am really looking forward to further developing all of Ian Macleod's brands in order that they reach the potential that they deserve"

Established in 1933, Ian Macleod Distillers is one of the largest and most widely respected independent family companies within the spirits industry. The award winning Ian Macleod portfolio, which includes Glengoyne, King Robert II, Langs, The Six Isles and Smokehead, as well as gin, rum, and vodka, currently has combined total sales of more than one million cases, with 85% being exported to over 65 markets worldwide.

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