Whisky Magazine Issue 111
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The world's biggest drinks company announces new distillery site.
Diageo has announced Teaninich near Alness in the Highlands as the location for its plans to build a new malt whisky distillery. The company also announced a major new phase of expansion to its Scotch whisky production in the Speyside area. All of this activity is a key milestone of the £1bn five-year investment plan which was launched last year. The new distillery, which will create up to 20 new Diageo jobs, will be adjacent to the company's existing Teaninich distillery but will have its own name and identity.
It involves an investment in the region of £50 million and will have the capacity to produce around 13 million litres of spirit per annum (mla) from 16 copper stills. An on-site bio-energy plant will also be constructed to convert co-products into green energy to power the distillery.
At the same time, Diageo also plans to invest £12 million in expanding the existing Teaninich distillery to almost double its capacity. The single malt whisky produced at the new distillery and at the expanded Teaninich distillery will be used in a range of Diageo's world-leading blended Scotch whisky brands. Full planning applications will be submitted to Highland Council and the company hopes to be in a position to begin work on the new distillery in 2014. Diageo also announced plans to invest around £30million in new production facilities in Speyside, including a project to substantially increase the capacity of the Mortlach distillery at Dufftown.
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