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Secretary of State marks expansion of Glen Ord distillery

Minister tours facility which is growing to meet rising demand for whisky, particularly in the Asian market

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Michael Moore today visited the  Glen Ord distillery in Ross-shire to welcome the £3.2million investment by Diageo which has seen the site’s  capacity increased by around a million litres per annum (mla), to 5.2mla, to help meet the growing export demand for whisky in Asia particularly.

The Singleton of Glen Ord malt whisky brand is the fastest growing single malt in the Asia-Pacific market region, according to the most recent data from IWSR (International Wine and Spirits Research). Its volume sales grew by 40% in 2010, breaking through the 100,000 case barrier (9 litre cases).

Announcing the successful completion of the distillery expansion, Mr Moore said:

“Whisky exports are good news for Scotland and I congratulate Diageo on its success. The expansion of the Glen Ord distillery shows the confidence behind one of Scotland’s flagship industries. It will help further secure whisky’s important place in the Scottish economy and its global brand, as well as securing and creating jobs.

“The UK Government has worked hard to help the industry in its export efforts by securing geographical indication status for Scotch whisky products in key markets around the world and continues to do so. Our UK trade networks support companies across the UK looking to do business in foreign markets.” 

Published 3 April 2012