Famous Grouse helps record Edrington results

Ian Curle, chief executive of the Erdington Group. Picture: complimentary

Ian Curle, chief executive of the Erdington Group. Picture: complimentary

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FAMOUS Grouse overtook Bell’s to become the best-selling blended whisky in the UK in the past year, helping parent group Edrington to grow its sales by 6 per cent to a record £591.3 million.

Promotions for the Queen’s diamond jubilee helped boost sales at home, while overseas it became the world’s fourth-largest “standard” Scotch, overtaking Grant’s and Dewar’s.

Profits grew by 13 per cent to £168.6m, allowing the Robertson Trust – Scotland’s largest grant-giving charity, which owns Edgrinton – to up its donations to £15.3m from £14.7m. Chief executive Ian Curle’s pay fell to £1.29m from £1.34m after he received less from incentive plans.

Curle told The Scotsman last month that he is considering expanding production.

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