Buffalo Trace has opened new bottling lines

Buffalo Trace has opened new bottling lines

Buffalo Trace Distillery has admitted there is “no end in sight” to Bourbon shortages caused by growing global demand for North American whiskies.

The Kentucky-based company said yesterday (8 May) the deficit comes despite record high distillations, new bottling lines and extra staff. “We’re still short and there is no way to predict when supply will catch up with demand”, it said in a statment.

Kris Comstock, Buffalo Trace's Bourbon marketing director, said: “We’re asking for continued patience from our fans. The recent surge in demand is quite flattering, but we just need to keep in mind these Bourbons were put into the barrel many years ago.”

Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey makers are investing in new infrastructure to help keep pace with a surge in demand.

In Beam Inc's FY performance, Maker's Mark posted a 17% sales jump while fellow Bourbon brand Basil Hayden’s increased sales by 29%. In March, Brown-Forman's Jack Daniel's range reported a 10% lift in sales