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Sustainability

Working with our suppliers

We’ll work with our suppliers so every key raw material we buy meets an independent standard for social and environmental performance.

We’ll work with our suppliers so every key raw material we buy meets an independent standard for social and environmental performance, and understand and address our key climate change risks.

From the barley we use in our Scotch Whisky brands to the casks in which our spirits mature, a strong supply chain is essential to Edrington’s success. We build long-term relationships and many of our suppliers have worked with Edrington for decades.

With our business grounded in nature and the natural environment, we also want to make sure that our crops and our products are resilient for the future.

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Independent Standards

We’ll work with our suppliers so every key raw material we buy meets an independent standard for social and environmental performance, and understand and address our key climate change risks.

From the barley we use in our Scotch Whisky brands to the casks in which our spirits mature, a strong supply chain is essential to Edrington’s success. We build long-term relationships and many of our suppliers have worked with Edrington for decades.

With our business grounded in nature and the natural environment, we also want to make sure that our crops and our products are resilient for the future.

Key Materials

Barley

Simpsons Malt is Edrington’s sole supplier of malted barley.

Casks

Edrington is known for using only the finest casks to mature our Malt Whiskies. We source the wood for our casks right back to the sawmills and sustainably-grown forests in which they grew.

Sugar

The Brugal distillery uses molasses, a by-product of sugar production, to produce our Brugal rum. Developing our understanding of the sugar cane supply chain in the Dominican Republic is a priority within our sustainability strategy.

Packaging

We aim to use packaging with low environmental impact whilst meeting the premium consumer demand for bottles and packaging that convey the heritage and value of the spirit. 

Packaging

The growing popularity of premium spirits around the world is accompanied by consumer demand for bottles and packaging that convey the heritage and value of the spirit. This is driving up glass and packaging weights, particularly in the case of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. Edrington uses predominantly clear glass to allow consumers to see the natural colour of its malt whiskies. As a result of the strength of our super-premium portfolio Edrington is not currently on track to meet the SWA’s target of reducing packaging weight by 10% by 2020.

We will continue to work with suppliers and industry partners to find opportunities to support the industry’s aim of reducing packaging. Our business will listen to consumers and be ready to respond rapidly to trends that support packaging innovation.