Rémy Cointreau to move away from First Drinks

Rémy Cointreau has set up its own distribution company and will move its brands out of First Drinks from 31 March 2014. The French company originally set up its own distribution company last year when it bought Bruichladdich and this move is seen by industry experts as the natural progression. Its brands include Remy Martin, Mount Gay Rum, Cointreau, Passoa and The Botanist as well as Bruichladdich and Metaxa.
Spyros Ghikas, managing director of Rémy Cointreau Europe, Africa and Middle East region said, “We would like to thank First Drinks for its efforts in building the Rémy Cointreau portfolio over the last five years and we wish them well for the future.”
First Drinks’ managing director Chris Mason commented, “First Drinks has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Rémy Cointreau and we wish them success for their new venture in the UK.”
Over the next few months the two companies “will work closely over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and support customers within the UK.”