Diageo invests in Caol Ila

Diageo invests in Caol Ila

Diageo has lined up a capacity investment for its Caol Ila distillery in Scotland.

The drinks giant announced earlier today (24 March) that it will spend GBP3.5m (US$5.6m) on expanding and upgrading the facility, which is located on the western island of Islay.

The distillery will see its production capacity increased by 700,000 litres per year, from 5.7m litres per annum to 6.4m. Meanwhile, the extension will see two 62,000-litre washbacks installed in addition to the eight that are already onsite. The existing mashtun will also be replaced, while a new control system will be installed in the stillhouse.

“Over the past six years, Diageo has made around GBP600m in capital investment in Scotland, largely aimed at building our capacity to meet the growing demand for Scotch whisky around the world,” said Diageo Scotland's managing director, Bryan Donaghey.

“Last year, we opened our new GBP40m distillery at Roseisle in Speyside and the expansion of Caol Ila demonstrates our commitment to another of Scotland’s great whisky-making locations.”

Work is scheduled to take six months, beginning in June.

Caol Ila distillery was established in 1846 near Port Askaig. Most of the site's output goes to Diageo's blended Scotch whiskies, although it also produces a range of single malt whiskies.