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Glenfiddich is the world’s biggest-selling single-malt whisky, according to the Banffshire firm that makes it alongside other brands such as Grant’s whisky and Hendrick’s gin. William Grant founded the company that bears his name in 1886, having started as a book-keeper at a local distillery. It now sells 8m cases of whisky a year and operates four distilleries – the visitor centre at the Glenfiddich distillery was recently voted Scotland’s best. The firm is led by chief executive Roland van Bommel, who oversaw sales of £352.6m in 2005.

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Company details
CompanyWilliam Grant & Sons
ActivitySpirits distiller
Sales £m352.6
Operating profit £m73
Main shareholdersBath Street Nominees (43%), Peter and Grant Gordon

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