Wholesaler doubles production at distillery

12 June, 2013

Whisky wholesaler and retailer Gordon & MacPhail is to double production at the Benromach distillery it owns on Speyside.

The company said the move would see Speyside’s smallest distillery expand to meet growing demand for its single malts around the world.

It will invest a seven-figure sum to build two warehouses next to its distillery in Forres and employ a third stillman to work alongside Keith Cruickshank and Mike Ross.

Managing director Michael Urquhart said: “This investment comes on the back of 40% growth in worldwide sales in 2012 and continued strong growth in 2013.

“It’s been a huge success and we know we will need to increase production if we are to meet demand in the future.

“Whisky production is a business that needs vision and long-term planning and this is a sign of the confidence we have in the Benromach brand.”

Benromach was bought by Gordon & MacPhail in 1993 after being closed for 10 years.

It was refurbished and reopened in 1998, launching the world‘s first certified organic whisky eight years later.

Gordon & MacPhail’s whisky supply business was named Wholesaler of the Year in the 2013 Drinks Retailing Awards run by OLN.




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