Cooley, aka Beam, pulls plug on independent whiskey makers
on 17/04/12 at 11:14 amSpirits
Lord Henry Mountcharles has been producing Slane Castle Irish whiskey, named after the family’s ancestral home, since 1999 using spirit bought in from the County Louth distillery. The distillery, recently bought by American drinks giant Beam Inc., has informed the peer that they will no longer be able to supply him.
Lord Henry described the move as “anti-competitive” in an interview with the Irish Independent.
“We were about to sign a large distribution deal in the US when we learned our supplies would be cut off,” he told the paper.
“I told Beam I regard their actions as anti-competitive. We won’t take this lying down and I’m considering whether it could be referred to the Competition Authority.”