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Templeton Rye expands into Canada

American whiskey producer Templeton Rye has signed a plethora of distribution agreements in Canada as it looks to expand its presence in North America.

Templeton Rye opened a new US$35m distillery in Iowa last month

The company will enter Ontario through Woodman Wines and Spirits; Quebec via Societe Clement; the western provinces through Vintage West; and across Atlantic Canada with McCarthy Wines and Spirits.

Templeton Rye’s move into Canada comes less than a month after the company opened its new US$35 million distillery in Iowa.

The firm had previously sourced liquid for its spirits from third-party producer MGP Ingredients, but is now able to take complete control of its production process.

Shane Fitzharris, executive vice president of global sales, said: “We are firm believers in the regional approach to Canada as it allows us to build a coordinated approach and route to market for our brand, and subsequently provide a much more cost effective and focused distribution network.

“Then add to this the muscle and expertise of our partners in Canada and it gives the Templeton Rye brand a serious opportunity to continue to grow from strength to strength.”

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