The Grapevine

Wine Retail Industry News – Consolidation in Spirits Biz

January 13th, 2014

Shanken News Daily reports that Suntory is set to buy Beam Inc. We wonder if this will quicken the pace of price increases already being seen with the popularity of spirits overall. [level-members]

The deal will create the 4th largest spirits company in the world, behind Diageo, United Spirits Limited and Pernod Ricard, in that order.

The combined firm’s brand will now include, among others

  • Jim Beam
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Knob Creek
  • Teachers Scotch
  • Laphroaig
  • Canadian Club
  • Courvoisier
  • Sauza Tequila
  • Pinnacle Vodka
  • Bowmore Scotch
  • Midori liqeur