As the popularity of premium Scotch whiskies sees worldwide demand increase, Bacardi-owned Aultmore Distillery in Scotland has announced a £15m expansion plan, set to double its production capacity by spring 2024.
The expansion works include the addition of fermenters, pot-stills and infrastructure, and will also see a new heat-recovering system installed which will reduce the distillerys energy usage and carbon footprint.
The announcement comes as the distillery marks 125 years since it first went into production in 1897. Founded by local businessman and philanthropist, Alexander Edward, Aultmore Distillery produces well-loved single malt whisky, AULTMORE®, an award-winning brand that is now sold around the world.
Aultmore Distillery has a long history and association with quality spirit, and the success of our single malt is a testament to those past and present who have played their part in crafting it. As we get started on our exciting expansion plans to increase production, its an honour for those of us here today to play an integral part in the future of this beautiful whisky.
Ross Bremner, Distillery Manager, Aultmore Distillery
The Bacardi portfolio of single malt whiskies, which includes AULTMORE, ABERFELDY®, ROYAL BRACKLA®, THE DEVERON® and CRAIGELLACHIE® is particularly popular in Asia, where it has grown 30% over the last five years*.
The Scotch whisky distillery has been part of Bacardi for almost 25 years. A family-owned spirits company with more than 160 years of history, Bacardi operates five distilleries across Scotland Aultmore, Aberfeldy, Royal Brackla, Craigellachie, and Macduff producing DEWARS® and WILLIAM LAWSONS® Blended Scotch whiskies, alongside its five Single Malts. The company nurtures and respects the heritage of each, to produce top quality drinks which are rooted in the traditions of the local areas.
We have an incredibly skilled and innovative team here in Scotland and we are so proud of the success of the whisky portfolio we produce. As more and more people around the world discover and fall in love with these drinks, we are investing in their growth for the long-term.
Niall Mitchell, VP Supply Chain, Western Europe, Australia & New Zealand, Bacardi
*IWSR, CAGR growth
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi Limited brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, GREY GOOSE® vodka, PATRÓN® tequila, DEWARS® Blended Scotch whisky, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSONS® Scotch whisky, ST-GERMAIN® elderflower liqueur, and ERISTOFF® vodka. Founded over 160 years ago in Santiago de Cuba, family-owned Bacardi Limited currently employs more than 8,000, operates production facilities in 10 countries, and sells its brands in more than 170 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. Visit http://www.bacardilimited.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.
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