Hunter Laing’s travel retail journey reaches Cannes

Scottish independent Scotch Whisky distillers, blenders, and bottles Hunter Laing are showcasing its brands for the first time at this year’s TFWA Conference & Exhibition (Blue Village, H17).

Company CEO Stewart Laing, who has been selling whisky for 50 years around the world, is delighted that his company will be talking directly to a range of duty free operators and travel retailers.

“It will be really great for the Hunter Laing team to show our new whiskies to friends and customers, old and new, in Cannes this year. My sons and I have made many journeys throughout the world to see our customers and this year will be very special. For the first time we will be showing our Highland Journey and Islay Journey brands as well as our recently launched Scarabus Islay single malt. We are sure that our customers will be pleased to taste the new brands which are already carving a niche in the duty free market,” says Stewart.

Company Export Director, Andrew Laing commented, “We were very happy with the way our new brands were received this year at the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference in Singapore and this year we are very pleased to be able to exhibit in Cannes and continue to tell our story to duty free and travel retail customers. So far this year we have been forging agreements with a variety of companies like Kreol Travel Retail in the Middle East and Duty Free Global in parts of Europe and Asia as we strive to gain new listings for our brands.”

Hunter Laing Business Development Director, Scott Laing also added, “The duty free and travel retail segments are very important for our company and as we develop new brands our sales team look closely to our partners in these markets. Sales of Highland Journey and Islay Journey have performed very well since their launch earlier this year and retailers and operators appreciate having the flexibility of having both the 75cl and the 1 litre size available in gift tubes. We are also pleased to confirm that two new additions to the Journey series will be launched towards the end of this year and we are convinced that these will be also be well received by retailers and whisky drinkers throughout the world. In addition to these brands we are also looking to place some special editions of our Old Malt Cask range with specially selected retailers in different markets.”

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