UK: Chivas Brothers prepares facilities expansion
The Pernod Ricard-owned Scotch whisky and gin company said yesterday (28 February) that the expansion plans "have been driven by a global increase in demand for Chivas Brothers' Scotch whisky brands", and will bring the total number of Chivas Brothers' sites in Scotland up to 31.
The company declined to give details of the amount of the investment into the two plants, both located in Speyside, when contacted by just-drinks yesterday (28 February).
The company confirmed that it is in talks with Moray Council over the potential expansion of The Glenlivet site. The construction plans, which include the installation of a new mash tun, six new stills and eight new wash backs, is due to commence later this year, subject to planning permission.
Braeval Distillery, located near Tomintoul, is due to reopen in July, having been closed since 2002. The distillery has two wash stills and four spirit stills which when back in production will supply spirit for Chivas Brothers' portfolio of blended whiskies.
Chivas Brothers' chairman and CEO Christian Porta said: "Chivas Brothers' exports exceed 1m bottles every day around the world and demand for Scotch whisky is at a record high. This latest investment will enable us to meet our growing demand as well as demonstrate our commitment to developing our business in Scotland."
The unit's operations and spirits supply director Douglas Cruickshank added: "This new investment will significantly increase capacity and improve efficiency at The Glenlivet. The re-opening of Braeval Distillery and the planned expansion at The Glenlivet is expected to create new job opportunities in an exciting and growing industry."
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