Hunter Laing selects Duty Free Global to manage Europe and Asia TR business

By Andrew Pentol |


Hunter Laing believes its Islay Journey blended malt has the potential to succeed in duty free and travel retail.

Independent Scotch whisky blender and distiller Hunter Laing has reached an agreement with specialist travel retail wines and spirits agency Duty Free Global to represent its key brands in Europe and Asia Pacific travel retail. The new agreement is effective this month.

Hunter Laing is a Scottish-owned family company which has been blending and bottling Scotch whisky for three generations and opened Ardnahoe Distillery on the island of Islay in April.

The company will exhibit for the first time at the upcoming TFWA Conference and Exhibition in Cannes (H17 Blue Village).

Company Export Director Andrew Laing commented: “We feel this new agreement will prove to be an exciting development in our company’s growth in the duty free and travel retail segments.


“We were very happy with the way our new brands were received this year at the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference in Singapore and we look forward to working with Barry Geoghegan and his team at the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes in October.

“As we continue to develop our product range, we are sure there will be significant opportunities to build sales over the next few years and we look forward to building our business with the Duty Free Global travel retail team.”


Hunter Laing and Duty Free Global celebrate their new partnership.

Duty Free Global Commercial Director Barry Geoghegan said: “I first met the Laing brothers at the TFWA China’s Century Conference in March this year and we had an interesting chat there which we followed up in Singapore.

“The company has some very interesting brands and we look forward to working with them to build opportunities throughout the world. We are extremely proud to be chosen by this respected family company to represent their wide range of whiskies in travel retail and duty free.”

Scott Laing, Hunter Laing Director says the new Duty Free Global agreement provides an excellent opportunity to develop sales and distribution.“We feel that our Highland Journey and Islay Journey blended malts have considerable potential in many of the areas where Duty Free Global is strong and we will be looking to place these brands with selected customers.

“The recently launched Scarabus Islay single malt will also be of interest to many of the operators and we will be rolling this out over the next few months.”



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