Diageo is looking at three prospective sites for its next new Scotch distillery

Diageo is looking at three prospective sites for its next new Scotch distillery

Diageo has begun the process of choosing the location for its next Scotch whisky distillery.

The company, which announced its intention to build another facility in Scotland back in June, said earlier today (4 September) that it is set to submit pre-planning applications for three potential locations. Having not been in a position to confirm the precise locations earlier in the summer, the company confirmed today that it will lodge ‘Proposal of Application Notices’ (PANs) for Teaninich in Ross-shire, and Glendullan and Inchgower, both on Speyside. All three locations are adjacent to existing Diageo distilleries.

Once it has decided on a final location, Diageo will begin construction on a new malt whisky distillery that would produce about 13m litres of alcohol per year. It will also involve an onsite bio-energy plant. The planning application also allows for the expansion of the facilities at Teaninich and Glendullan.

The company was keen to point out, however, that applying for the PANs “does not necessarily mean we will progress to build there”.

“It’s necessary for us to begin the planning process at all three potential locations, so we will be able to move forward as quickly as possible with construction of the new distillery once our final location decision has been made,” said Brian Higgs, Diageo’s malt distilling director.

When contacted by just-drinks, a spokesperson for the company said he hopes that construction at one of the three sites can start next year, subject to the planning process.

Two years ago, the company began operations at its new-build distillery at Roseisle.

Diageo operates 28 malt distilleries and one grain distillery and jointly owns the North British grain distillery in Gorgie with the Edrington Group.

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