Diageo announces Glen Ord expansion plans

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Diageo has announced today that they have submitted a planning application to expand their Glen Ord Distillery, near Muir of Ord just north of Inverness.

The expansion is part of Diageo’s £1billion investment in Scotch whisky production which was announced in June and will include at least one new distillery in either Moray or Ross-shire.

Glen Ord will benefit from the installation of 10 new washbacks and six new copper stills, doubling the distillery’s production capacity to over 10 million litres per annum, according to the company.

An additional mash-tun will also be installed as part of the investment.

Brian Higgs, Diageo’s Director of Malt Distilling, said in their media release: “Earlier this year Diageo announced plans to invest £1bn in expanding its whisky production business in Scotland in order to meet growing global demand for our brands.

“Over the next few months we will be bringing forward a number of planning applications to increase capacity at our existing distilleries and the Glen Ord expansion is an important part of that programme.”

Glen Ord is described as a “key distillery” for Diageo, producing spirit for their portfolio of blended Scotch whiskies, as well as The Singleton of Glen Ord single malt.

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