|Manufacturer||Seagram Manufacturing Ltd.|
|Country of origin||India|
|Alcohol by volume||42.8%|
|Flavour||Smooth and smoky|
|Ingredients||Indian grain spirits, Scotch malt|
Blenders Pride is a brand of Indian whisky, owned by Pernod Ricard, and launched in 1995. It is a blend of Indian grain spirits and imported Scotch malt and contains no artificial flavouring. According to Pernod Ricard, "Blenders Pride is usually served with still or sparkling water or on ice." It is available in 5 different bottle formats (1L, 750ml, 375ml, 180ml). GQ magazine described the whisky as "smooth and smoky", and gave it a rating of 6/10.
Pernod Ricard has identified Blenders Pride, along with Imperial Blue, Royal Stag, Chivas Regal and 100 Pipers as the company's five core brands to build its spirits business in India. The brand's main national competitors are Royal Challenge, Signature and Antiquity from United Spirits Ltd, and Peter Scot from Khoday India Limited, In some states, Blenders Pride also competes with Haig Gold Label from Diageo and Rockford Reserve from Modi Illva.
Blenders Pride was launched in India in 1995 by Seagram. Seagram's global business was jointly acquired by Pernod Ricard and Diageo on 21 December 2001. The two companies later split Seagram's business based on the previously announced framework agreement signed between them. Seagram's Indian operations were acquired by Pernod Ricard. Pernod Ricard had previously entered the Indian market by acquiring a 74% stake in United Agencies Ltd (UAL), with a bottling facility in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. UAL was merged with Seagram's Indian business and continued operations under the name Seagram Manufacturing Ltd. The decision to integrate UAL into Seagram was taken due to the latter's larger operations in the country.
Pernod Ricard launched a premium version of Blenders Pride, called Blenders Pride Reserve Collection in December 2011. At the time of its launch, the Reserve Collection was the most expensive locally made whisky in India, retailing at an average price of 800 (US$13) for a bottle of 750 ml. This was close to the company's imported whiskies 100 Pipers and Ballantine's which were priced at 1000 (US$16) and 1350 (US$22) respectively, on an average for a 750 ml bottle. The Reserve Collection is targeted at the price gap between the deluxe and premium whisky segments.
United Kingdom-based branding and packaging consultants CARTILS helped design the branding, bottle shape and packaging for Reserve Collection. CARTILS said that its aim was to "stay loyal to the original brand yet to ensure that its [Reserve Collection] significantly more premium nature was clearly communicated." The bottle shape for Reserve Collection is similar to Blenders Pride but has embossing.
Blenders Pride sold 250,000 cases in 2003. The premium whisky segment of the Indian market for that year was pegged at 1.5 million cases. In March 2004, Seagram Manufacturing Ltd. claimed that Blenders Pride had surpassed Shaw Wallace's "Royal Challenge" (now owned by United Breweries Group) to become the largest-selling premium whisky in Andhra Pradesh. Although, the lead was only in one State, it was seen as significant because Royal Challenge had led the premium whisky segment in India for over 20 years. This was reportedly the first time a rival brand claimed leadership over Royal Challenge in any State. Seagram said that Blenders Pride had captured 30% market share in Andhra Pradesh, which at the time was a 90,000 cases market for the premium whisky segment annually.
The following table shows the annual sales of Blenders Pride:
|Year||Sales (in million cases)|
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