ABD delivers 2 millionaire brands in the Prestige and Above segments in the last 5 years ABD delivers 2 millionaire brands in the Prestige and Above segments in the last 5 years
Oct 29, 2023
ABD delivers 2 millionaire brands in the Prestige and Above segments in the last 5 years


Allied Blenders and Distillers Ltd. (ABD) has earned the rare distinction of being the only Spirits company in India with two millionaire brands launched in the past five years (CY18 - CY22). Both Sterling Reserve Whisky and ICONiQ Whisky operate in the Prestige and Above segments, and they form the core for profitable growth.


The alcohol beverage industry terms a ‘millionaire brand’ as one that sells more than 1 million (10 lakh) cases of 9-litres each in a year.


Sterling Reserve joined the ‘millionaire brand’ club in the very first full year of its launch (CY2018). It went on to earn the tag of the ‘world’s fastest-growing spirits brand’ in terms of cases sold in 2019*. The brand breached the 5 million cases milestone in CY2022**.

(Source: *Drinks International Millionaire’s Club Report 2020; ** Drinks International Millionaire's Club Report 2023)


ABD recently confirmed that ICONiQ Whisky, which launched September 2022 onwards, crossed the 1 million cases milestone in September 2023. 


These successes, show ABD’s ability to understand consumers, and deliver efficiently and effectively. It sets pace for ABD to transit to a higher value portfolio and build further for super-premium and luxury segments.


ABD's flagship brand, Officer's Choice continued its run in CY2022 to be amongst the 3 top-selling whisky brands globally. The company now has 4 millionaire brands in its portfolio.


Commenting on the successes behind Sterling Reserve and ICONiQ Whisky, Bikram Basu, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer said, ‘At ABD, we believe we have the ideas, skills, mindset, and experience to be the best. We’ve let our brands do the talking in the market with the consumer. Our pan-India distribution strength and manufacturing footprint allows us to pivot quickly as we see success. We are grateful to all our business partners for their unstinted and consistent support. The performance of Sterling Reserve and ICONiQ Whiskies will help us deliver on a higher margin business in Prestige and Above segments.’  


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