Pernod Ricard reopens Glen Keith distillery

26 June, 2013

Christian Porta (left) and Richard Lochhead

Pernod Ricard has reopened its Glen Keith distillery on Speyside.

The plant closed in 1999 but Pernod’s Chivas Brothers whisky division has brought it back to life to help meet worldwide demand for its Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s and Royal Salute brands.

The reopening – along with expansion work carried out last year at Glenallachie, Longmorn, Glentauchers and Tormore – has increased the company’s malt distillation capability by 25%.

Glen Keith’s’ capacity was increased by 50% through the refurbishment of its still and the installation of a mash house and tun room and malt storage facilities.

Chivas is also building a new distillery at Carron on Speyside after receiving planning permission from Moray Council in April. Carron is due to open next year.

Glen Keith was officially opened by Richard Lochhead, the local MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs & Environment.

Lochhead said: “This is a positive step which will play an important part in delivery of even great success for Chivas Brothers.”

Chivas Brother chief executive Christian Porta added: “The fact that we are reopening a silent distillery, and are soon to build a brand new distillery in the region, shows just how strong the demand for our luxury Scotch whiskies is.”

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