La Martiniquaise-Bardinet buys Scotch whisky Cutty Sark

By Rachel Arthur

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La Martiniquaise-Bardinet buys Scotch Whisky Cutty Sark
French spirits group La Martiniquaise-Bardinet has bought Scotch whisky brand Cutty Sark from Scottish premium spirits company Edrington, as it seeks to expand its international reach.

Cutty Sark was launched in 1923 as a whisky that 'celebrates the spirit of adventure'.

The completion of the transfer to La Martiniquaise-Bardinet is expected within a month; with Edrington continuing to provide blending and bottling and other associated services during a transition period.

International expansion: US, Japan, Europe

Edrington acquired Cutty Sark in April 2010 from Berry Bros. & Rudd; although its association with the brand stretches back to the 1930s.

Ian Curle, chief executive, Edrington, said: “Cutty Sark has been a worldwide whisky icon for the last 90 years. We are pleased to be transferring the brand to La Martiniquaise-Bardinet and know that it will thrive under their ownership.”

Jean-Pierre Cayard, President, La Martiniquaise-Bardinet, said that Cutty Sark complements its portfolio of international brands, which includes Label 5, Sir Edward’s & Glen Moray Scotch whisky, Poliakov vodka, Porto Cruz and Negrita & Saint James rum.

“This acquisition is a major step forward to accelerate our international expansion,"​ he said. "It will further strengthen our position in Europe and boost our presence in key markets such as the US and Japan. With Cutty Sark, we consolidate our position in Scotch whisky.”

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