Bacardi and Brown-Forman will go it alone from next year
The companies have operated a joint distribution business in the UK since 2002 under the banner of Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands.
But last week the businesses announced that the current agreement, which extends to April 2020, will not be renewed.
Under the current deal both companies market their brands separately in the UK, but Bacardi is responsible for sales and logistics.
A statement from both firms said the businesses “have grown their respective positions in the UK marketplace since they began their agreement 17 years ago and both agree that the time is now right for the two companies to take control of their own businesses and portfolios in the UK”.
Brown-Forman will now establish its own distribution company in the UK while Bacardi focuses its resources exclusively on its own portfolio.
The joint statement said: “Business will continue under the current agreement until the end of April 2020.
“Bacardi and Brown-Forman are working closely to ensure a seamless transition.”
And Bacardi communications director for Europe, Andrew Carney, told SLTN that for Scottish licensees “it’s business as usual for the time being”.