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Pernod Ricard has admitted that it will consider building a new whisky distillery in Scotland in the future, as demand for Scotch in emerging markets continues to rise.

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Back in May, the wine and spirits giant committed an annual spend of GBP40m (US$62.2m) to upping its distillation capacity and production facilities in Scotland. The announcement followed the completion of a GBP10m expansion of its Glenlivet facility two years ago.

Speaking to media at a briefing in London earlier today (4 September), the CEO of Pernod's Chivas Brothers Scotch and gin unit, Christian Porta, said that the division is mulling the construction of a new facility in the country.

“We have been increasing the capacity at a lot of our distilleries,” Porta said. “That is a programme that is now coming to an end.

“Clearly, the next stage for us - and we are starting to think about it - is to look to build a new distillery from scratch. The key factor is future sales: We look at what we are going to sell and where we are going to sell it.”

Although Porta said that such a move could take place “at some stage in the future”, he declined to be drawn further on a more specific time scale.

Porta was talking at a press conference held to discuss Pernod's FY results, released last week.


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