Safeway Profile

British supermarket chain Safeway sold a range of wines and spirits, including some bottled under its own label. One of these was Auld Acrimony, a 12-year-old vatted malt that, according to the bottle, was established in 1986 and had the motto ‘The Stalker’s Vade Macum’ (the stalker’s go-to). The whisky was made by Grant & Webster Distillers exclusively for the retailer.

The group also owned the Glen Nevis blended Scotch brand.

Safeway History

Safeway Food Stores was founded by the American company Safeway Inc. in 1962 and the first store opened in Bradford in 1963. Safeway Inc. itself was founded in 1915 in Idaho.

By the late 1980s, Safeway Food Stores had expanded to over 133 stores and in 1987 was sold to Argyll Foods, which at the time owned Scotch corporation Amalgamated Distilled Products. At this time it was the UK’s third biggest supermarket.

In 2003, after years of wavering financial performance, Safeway was sold to Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC. Some stores were rebranded, while others were sold on to Tesco and Waitrose due to competition concerns.
In 2016, Morrisons reintroduced the Safeway brand for food products it manufactures for independent retailers.


Safeway PLC
Hilmore House
Gain Lane
West Yorkshire
United Kingdom

See also

  • Glen Nevis Glen Nevis Glen Nevis Brand

    Glen Nevis

    Although named after a lost Campbeltown distillery, Glen Nevis contained different whisky entirely.

  • Amalgamated Distilled Products Amalgamated Distilled Products Amalgamated Distilled Products Distiller & blender

    Amalgamated Distilled Products

    The once-owner of two Campbeltown distilleries briefly operated by James Gulliver’s Argyll Group.

  • WM Morrison Supermarkets WM Morrison Supermarkets WM Morrison Supermarkets Own-label

    WM Morrison Supermarkets

    Nineteenth-century Yorkshire food retailer with its own selection of Scotch whiskies.

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