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Douglas Laing full-year sales break £10m barrier

Independent whisky bottler Douglas Laing has reported its full-year sales reached £10 million (US$12.2m) for the first time.

Left to right: Chris Leggat, CEO; Fred Laing, chairman; Cara Laing, director of whisky; and Danny MacLennan, finance director

The Glasgow-based firm has experienced double-digit growth year on year since 2013.

Last year, the company’s case sales grew 22% compared to the previous year, with much of this attributed to sales of its core Regional Malts brands, including Big Peat and Scallywag.

Douglas Laing celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2018 and released numerous bottlings to mark the milestone. A 10-year-old anniversary Scallywag single malt Scotch whisky was released in May last year, while a 1982 vintage Port Ellen and a 26-year-old Big Peat were brought out in December.

Chris Leggat, Douglas Laing CEO, said: “2018 saw us deliver on our strategy for the business and accordingly it proved to be a great year for the company.

“Momentum continued globally for our key brands driven by strong performances in mature markets such as France, Japan and the UK. This growth has allowed us to invest back into brand building and various compelling commercial initiatives.

“For 2019, our views remain positive with markets such as Canada and Russia already progressing to plan, but they are tempered with consideration to external factors such as Brexit and some challenging emerging markets.”

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