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Mon 11 Aug 2014

Inver House raise a glass to 50 years in the industry

This summer, Inver House Distillers are paying tribute to the people and places of the past and toasting to a promising future as it celebrates 50 successful years in the drinks industry. To acknowledge the global success of the business since it was founded in 1964 the company is planning a series of celebrations.

At the heart of these celebrations will be the publishing of a beautiful 50th anniversary book and the creation of a special limited edition 50th anniversary commemorative bottling. This blends fine ten years old whiskies from Old Pulteney, Balblair, Speyburn, Knockdhu, Balmenach with a hint of exceptional fifty year old Hankey Bannister to create a unique and unforgettable gift for staff and other key stakeholders.

Inver House Distillers’ current 200-strong team and their partners were joined by former colleagues and other guests for a glamorous birthday bash at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on Friday 20th June, as the clock was wound back to the 60s in a fun tribute to the company’s roots.

While this landmark anniversary year is a time for reflection, the team at Inver House Distillers is very much focused on future success - and there is much cause to celebrate. The company’s renowned dedication to creating whiskies and spirits of the highest calibre is stronger than ever and the resulting Inver House portfolio is growing in stature and sales success in over 90 countries across the globe – with Old Pulteney’s recent shift into the UK’s single malt top ten being just one good example.

Inver House Distillers’ managing director Graham Stevenson commented: ‘We are immensely proud of the successful business and brands that we have built at Inver House over the past 50 years and our thanks go to every member of the Inver House team, past and present, who have contributed along the way. Our business now has some of the industry’s busiest distilleries and most respected and fastest growing brands, which is testament to our collective achievements since those early days in 1964. Looking back and celebrating our journey has been a great pleasure and has provided our current team with some wonderful insight into the business and how it developed, however 2014 is also about raising a glass to the future of Inver House Distillers. Thanks to our dedicated staff, our supportive parent company and the great character and quality of our brands, we are very much looking forward to what lies ahead for our business over the next 50 years and beyond.’

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Mon 28 Jul 2014

Production no longer frozen at Glengoyne distillery

Thanks to the installation of Flexenergy advanced technology pipework at the Glengoyne Distillery, the production of their unique Scotch malt whisky will no longer be compromised by plummeting temperatures.

Freezing pipes taking water from the Dumgoyne Hills just north of Glasgow hindered the production of very special, high quality, Scotch at the Glengoyne Distillery.
Flexenergy’s Flexalen 600 polybutylene pipe was the ideal solution, thanks to the integral trace heating element that combined with polyolefine insulation to keep the water flowing at even the lowest temperatures. In all, 120 metres of the Flexalen pipework was installed at the distillery, above and below ground.

Robbie Hughes, Glengoyne Group distillation manager, was pleased with the smooth running of the project commenting: “Previously this exposed position made the water supply prone to freezing – but the new pipework and the replacement of an old cast iron pipe fixed the problem. The pipework and associated fittings all arrived within a week of order, which was impressive and if it works as well as the pipe we put in several years ago, it will be a case of fit and forget.”

The Flexalen pipe technology recently received WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) approval, enabling every product within the range to be specified for potable water schemes.

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