It looks like Pernod has managed to unload its Lawrenceburg, Indiana, distillery and related facilities, which it perviously announced it was going to close.
Someone probably will post the whole thing in Industry News, but here are the parts we care about.
Pernod moved Wild Turkey bottling from the distillery site outside Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, to the Lawrenceburg, Indiana, facility a couple of years ago and now will move it again, to the Fort Smith, Arkansas, plant that is principally known for making Hiram Walker liqueurs.
The 177-acre Indiana site includes "what is believed to be the nation's largest whiskey distillery." (Yes, the press releases specifically say "whiskey.") The complex also includes a bottling operation and warehouses, plus a grain elevator in Rushville.
The only other bidder in the final round was Sazerac, i.e., Buffalo Trace.
The buyer is CL Financial, parent company of Angostura, which is based in Trinidad. It makes Angostura bitters and some rums and vodkas. CL Financial also owns Burn Stewart Distillers, maker of Bunnahabhain single-malt and Thomas Hine cognacs.
What is not clear is exactly what the Lawrenceburg distillery (as opposed to the bottling operation) makes now and what Angostura intends to make there. At one time, and perhaps still, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, made the corn whiskey and bourbon-mash green whiskey that went into Seagram's Seven, but not the straight bourbon component, which came from Four Roses in the Kentucky Lawrenceburg. It also blended and bottled the product there, but Seagram's Seven went to Diageo, not Pernod.
Seagram's Gin is a Pernod brand, a big one, and some news stories mention it as being "made" at Lawrenceburg, IN. Maybe it is -- it's hard to know exactly what they mean by "made" with a gin -- but at any event it's not a whiskey, although it is "mellowed" in used barrels for about three months, which may account for some of the warehouses.
The news stories say Seagram's Gin will continue to be made there, but its bottling will shift to Fort Smith too.
The press releases from the two companies make it clear that CL feels it is acquiring a whiskey distillery. Quote: "(CL Chairman) Duprey added that the planned asset acquisition of one of the largest American whiskey distilleries significantly adds to his firm’s international spirits portfolio and overall prowess in the market."
Another shoe is undoubtedly going to drop.