21 November 2013, London. The outstanding taste of William Grant & Sons products has secured Distiller of the Year award at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) held at London’s Guildhall on November 2013.
The award was sponsored by global beverage logistics provider, JF Hillebrand, which is a preferred logistics supplier to the Scottish whisky industry.
JF Hillebrand Scotland is well established with the drinks industry and in 2013 will ship approximately 25, 000 containers of spirits to markets including the USA, France and Russia, understands the exacting requirements of shipping drinks to customers across the globe.
James Bryson, MD, JF Hillebrand Scotland said: “JF Hillebrand Scotland is delighted that William Grant & Sons has been recognised as Distiller of the Year. All entrants were judged to be exceptional which is testament to the exacting standards of William Grant & Sons and the consistency of its spirits portfolio.”
This is the sixth time that William Grant & Sons have been awarded the top honour of Distiller of the Year. The company was praised by the judging panel for “striving to progress by increasing investments and seeking new markets in order to stay at the top” and “sticking to its roots whilst refusing to be constrained by them”.
Brian Kinsman, William Grant & Sons’ Malt Master and Master Blender, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be named ‘Distiller of the Year and ‘International Spirits Producer of the Year’. It is fantastic to be recognised in this way and is a testament to the hard work the whole team puts in to crafting our award winning portfolio of premium spirits.”
Now in its 44th year, the IWSC is the longest running and most respected competition in the industry. Judges operate at the top level within the wine industry and include Masters of Wine, drinks writers, educators, distillers, wine makers and buyers. Their rigorous assessment criteria ensure that winners are recognised as being among the best in their sectors.
About the JF Hillebrand Group:
The JF Hillebrand Group operates a global portfolio of specialist logistics companies, across a range of industry sectors. The company operates two key brands: JF Hillebrand in the global beverage segment and Trans Ocean in the industrial bulk market.
With global network headquarters in Mainz, Germany, the JF Hillebrand Group employs 2000 people in 48 offices around the world. In 2012, the company reported a throughput of over 484, 000 TEU’s.