Chivas braced for winter

18th November, 2011 by Dominic Roskrow

Scottish whisky giant Chivas Brothers says it is braced for winter after investing hundreds of thousands of pounds in new warehousing.

Chivas, which owns distilleries such as The Glenlivet,  Strathisla and Aberlour, was the biggest victim of last winter’s severe weather conditions, when  a combination of very heavy snow, sub zero temperatures and no wind. The weight of several layers of frozen snow cause dthe collapse of scores of warehouse roofs, rendering the buildings unsafe and making it impossible to retrieve whisky casks.

Although much of the cost was met by insurance cover, Scottish whisky makers have been forced to rebuild many of the older warehouses. But now Chivas Brothers is confident going forward.

“Basically we built the new walls on the outside of the existing structures,” said a spokesman for the company. “We have new warehouses fit for purpose and we’re confident going forward.”

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