Drink for charity—by imbibing one of The Edrington Group’s big-brand Scotch whiskies which include Famous Grouse, Macallan, Cutty Sark and Highland Park. Fifty pence from each bottle of the newly launched Black Grouse goes towards the endangered birds’ conservation. Three-quarters of the company is owned by the Robertson sisters’ trust, which distributes its profits to charity—£8.4m last year. Chief executive Ian Curle and recently knighted chairman Ian Good oversaw sales from its five distilleries in Scotland reach £278.5m in 2007. This was helped by demand from Asia. The group acquired a 60% stake recently in Brugal, the leading golden rum brand in the Dominican Republic.

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Company details
ActivityWhisky and rum distiller
Sales £m278.5
Operating profit £m72.0
Main shareholdersThe Robertson Trust (76%)

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