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DISCUS and Welcome William Grant & Sons as Newest Member

Washington, DC (July 13, 2021) – Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and today announced William Grant & Sons has joined as the newest member of both organizations. The 134-year-old independent, family-owned spirits company’s decision to engage with DISCUS and serves as a commitment to drive the future of a modernized and fair marketplace for distilled spirits and underscores its intention to advance alcohol responsibility in America.

“We are honored to have William Grant & Sons join a growing list of distilled spirits companies uniting in support of an agenda promoting alcohol responsibility and more equitable treatment of distilled spirits in the policy area,” said Chris Swonger, president and CEO of Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and  “The U.S. marketplace is rapidly evolving, and we appreciate William Grant & Sons’ engagement with DISCUS in our efforts to meet consumer expectations.”

“We also are grateful for William Grant & Sons’ leadership in supporting’s vitally important mission to eliminate underage drinking, impaired driving and promote responsible consumption,” said Swonger. “They are joining at an exciting time as we prepare to launch critical programs like the National Alliance to Stop Impaired Driving and We Don’t Serve Teens campaign in partnership with the Federal Trade Commission in the coming months.”

Established in 1887 in Dufftown, Scotland, William Grant & Sons is a family-owned company with a network of production sites across the globe — including in the United States.

"As leaders in the U.S. spirits industry, we look forward to taking a more active role in shaping alcohol policy in the United States, as well as adding our support behind critical programs to advance alcohol responsibility in communities across the country,” said Paul Basford, President and Managing Director, U.S., William Grant & Sons.

“We look forward to collaborating with the great teams and member companies at both DISCUS and, as well as encouraging international partnerships to help further the crucial missions of both organizations."

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About The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS)

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is the leading voice and advocate for distilled spirits in the U.S., advocating on legislative, regulatory, and public affairs issues impacting the distilled spirits sector at the local, state, federal and international levels. DISCUS members are committed to responsibility and encourage adults who drink to do so in moderation.

About is a national not-for-profit that aims to eliminate drunk driving and work with others to end all impaired driving, eliminate underage drinking, and empowers adults to make a lifetime of responsible alcohol choices as part of a balanced lifestyle. is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Suntory Inc.; Brown-Forman; DIAGEO; Edrington, Mast-Jägermeister US, Inc.; Moët Hennessy USA; Ole Smoky, LLC; and Pernod Ricard USA. For 30 years, has transformed countless lives through programs that bring individuals, families, and communities together to inspire a lifetime of responsible alcohol choices. To learn more, please visit

About William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons Holdings Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the global premium spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch, Grant’s®, as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W.® Irish Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder® Blended Malt Scotch Whisky and Drambuie® Scotch Liqueur.

William Grant & Sons has been honored as “Distiller of the Year” by the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition and International Spirits Challenge 13 times over the past 14 years, including the most recent award in 2020.

Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest growing spirits portfolios in the US with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, Drambuie, Milagro Tequila, Fistful of Bourbon, Grant’s, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson’s Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Flor de Caña Rum, The Knot and Raynal French Brandy. For more information on the company and its brands, please visit

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