The big interview: Dan Jago

BBR: key developments

1698: the company now known as Berry Bros. & Rudd was started by ‘Widow Bourne’ as a grocer at No. 3 St James’s Street, London. However, to focus on the changes over the past 50 years that have really shaped the business of today, they are:

1967: BBR became the first independent wine merchant to build temperature-controlled wine cellars, which were established in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

1994: BBR launched the first wine merchant’s website, bbr.com

1994: BBR opens its first duty free wine shop, starting in Heathrow airport (but closes all its airport shops in 2006).

1998: BBR opens its first overseas shop in Harry Street, Dublin, but closes the store in 2009.

2010: BBR sells Cutty Sark, created by the family in 1923, to The Edrington Group, while, at the same time, buying The Glenrothes single malt from Edrington – and then in May this year, BBR sells The Glenrothes back to Edrington.

2010: BBR buys a 40% share in Anchor Brewers & Distillers in San Francisco.

2017: BBR opens a new flagship London shop at 63 Pall Mall.

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