Chivas Brothers has earmarked an investment of around £88 million for the expansion of two of its distilleries: Miltonduff and Aberlour.
The financial commitment includes not only an increase in production capacity, but also a switch to more sustainable distillation techniques, following a trend increasingly followed by companies around the world.
The company’s chairman and CEO, Jean-Etienne Gourgues, said: “Scotch has demonstrated its resilience as a category over the past few challenging years and in the process has opened new avenues for growth. This expansion will allow us to increase our volume to capitalise on the increased demand and interest in Scotch, but also supports our drive to reduce emissions in line with our sustainability ambitions. We’re once again betting big on the future of Scotch so we can bring in new consumers to the category and continue to shape a sustainable future of whisky.”
The massive investment comes on the back of a 23% increase in sales over the past six months, and plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2026.
Aberlour is expected to double its production capacity to 7.8 million litres a year and have its visitor centre refurbished, while Miltonduff will be joined by a second, sustainably built distillery, adding a capacity of 10 million litres.
Work is scheduled to be completed by 2025.