Diageo continues whisky distillery investment plans

02 May, 2008

Phase two of Diageo's plan to improve the Cameronbridge Distillery in Scotland has been completed with the installation of six new distilling vessels.

The vessels were installed at the site near Windygates last weekend as part of a £40 million project to increase the efficiency and environmental performance of the distillery.

Diageo is investing £100 million in all to expand its Scotch Whisky operations and capitalise on growing interest in the spirit. Export sales topped £2.8 billion last year, a rise of 14% on the previous year, according to figures from the Scotch Whisky Association.

As well as expanding Cameronbridge, the drinks giant plans to build a new malt distillery on Speyside.

The new vessels, also known as fermenters, are phase two of a four-phase project and will play a key role in producing Diageo's whisky brands such as Bell's and Johnnie Walker.

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