The global cash and carry franchise sells its own whisky under the Glengannon label.
Halewood International Profile
Halewood International manufactures and distributes spirits, beers, ciders and soft drinks in 88 countries, with a turnover of £230 million in 2016. In terms of whisky, Halewood no longer has any Scotch brands in its portfolio, but it has a major shareholding in the Irish company West Cork Distillers, and it distributes their Malt Irish Whiskey and Pogues Irish Whiskey. Halewood also produces and markets Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, with the company of John Crabbie & Co Ltd having previously been notably active in the Scotch whisky arena.
Halewood International History
The company was established in 1978 by John Halewood, who started out selling Bulgarian wine and then began to produce Club Royal Sherry. In 1987 he purchased Hall & Bramley and Lamb and Watt, amalgamating their products into his existing portfolio.
Hall & Bramley of Liverpool had been founded in 1860 and blended and bottled Scotch whisky from its early days. Its whiskies at the time of the company’s purchase by Halewood included Clan Ardroch, the 8-year-old vatted (blended) malt Glen Carren, and the deluxe blend Glen Ghoil. All were subsequently discontinued.
Halewood acquired the Crabbie’s ginger wine brand from Glenmorangie plc in 2002, and re-configured it as a best-selling alcoholic ginger beer, going on to purchase Whitley Neil Gin in 2009. John Halewood died in 2011, but his family continues to run the drinks empire he created.
Distilleries & Brands
Halewood International Limited
The Sovereign Distillery, Wilson Road, Huyon Business Park
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