24 Oct 2018
The Glasgow Distillery Company is toasting a new international distribution deal with French drinks specialists, Dugas.
The deal will see Glasgow Distillery’s inaugural whisky - 1770 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky - distributed throughout France, giving consumers in the country an exclusive opportunity to purchase a bottle of the whisky in-store, which was launched to the general public online earlier this year.
Dugas will work with a number of off-trade stockists looking for unique, high-quality spirits, to ensure the malt is on the shelves of France’s premier cavistes.
Dugas has built its reputation on the ability to discover new brands, and its ability to support them as they grow. The Dugas Company’s portfolio is renowned, and includes many premium Scotch whiskies.
The deal was cemented at the Club Expert trade show in Paris, which is hosted annually by Dugas and welcomes over 1,000 guests in the drinks trade, where François-Xavier Dugas, CEO of Dugas, and Liam Hughes, CEO of The Glasgow Distillery Company, put pen to paper on the agreement.
Founded in 2012, and the city’s first independent single malt whisky distillery since 1902, Glasgow Distillery draws on the pioneering spirit of Scotland’s first licensed distillers. In the six years since it was established, the distillery has already generated international acclaim for its Makar Gin range, including awards at the prestigious Gin Masters and San Francisco World Spirits Competition, having invested in the finest equipment, ingredients, and team of innovative young distillers.
Liam Hughes, CEO and co-founder of The Glasgow Distillery Company, said: “We’re thrilled to sign the distribution deal for 1770 Glasgow Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and are excited to partner with Dugas to widen our reach in France.
“Dugas has an exceptional portfolio of brands that we are proud to be in the company of, and its track record of success made partnering with them the obvious choice. The work they do to build strong relationships between brands and stockists is exactly what we are looking for, and from the beginning, we’ve been filled with confidence in their dynamic approach.
“We’re looking forward to seeing our bespoke-designed bottles stocked in some of France’s premier cavistes, giving even more people the chance to savour 1770.”
Pictured: François-Xavier Dugas, CEO of Dugas, and Liam Hughes, CEO of The Glasgow Distillery Company signing the agreement at Club Expert.