Buffalo Trace is to spend $200m on distillery expansions

Buffalo Trace is to spend $200m on distillery expansions

Sazerac is to invest US$200m in expanding its Buffalo Trace distillery as it looks to meet demand for Bourbon. 

The outlay will take place over the next seven years, the company said today. It will include investment in cooking, fermenting and bottling facilities as well as land and additional barrel warehouses.

Sazerac said two barrel warehouses had already been constructed, with one full and one scheduled to be full by June. The new facilities house 50,000 barrels each. 

"Next up are two more barrel warehouses to be filled in the next 12 months," the company said. "A total of 30 warehouses are planned, with one new warehouse being built every five months for the next 10 years."

The company is making moves to cater for growing Bourbon demand. 

"We're still looking at shortages across the board for all of our brands, and although the volumes are increasing, allocations will continue," said Kris Comstock, a spokesperson for Buffalo Trace. "This is not some marketing tactic to scare consumers to buy more, or something we are making up. We wish we had distilled more years ago. The shortage is a real problem." 

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