In Brown-Forman’s BenRiach buy, more deal buzz in Scotland

BenRiach whiskey
BenRiach Classic Speyside

Brown-Forman’s $413 million deal last month to buy single malt distiller BenRiach Distillery Co. of Edinburgh is the latest in a series of takeovers roiling the Scottish industry, according to The Scotsman newspaper; here are four more.

$16 billion: In the biggest deal, Japan’s Suntory bought Jim Beam in 2014; Suntory owns Morrison Bowmore Distillers of Glasgow.

$621 million: Emperador of the Philippines for Whyte & Mackay, also of Glasgow in 2014.

$144 million: William Grant & Sons for whiskey liqueur maker Drambuie of Edinburgh in 2014; deal value is estimated because details weren’t disclosed.

$84 million: France’s Rémy Cointreau for Islay whisky maker Bruichladdich.

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