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Eden Mill gets green light for new distillery

Scotch whisky and gin maker Eden Mill has received planning permission to build a new carbon-neutral distillery and visitor centre at the University of St Andrews in Fife.

Eden Mill distillery
The new Eden Mill distillery will be based on the University of St Andrews’ Eden Campus

Earlier this year, Eden Mill sold a majority stake in the company to investor Inverleith to help complete the carbon-neutral distillery project and expand distribution.

Eden Mill said it has now signed a 50-year land lease with the University of St Andrews, with the new distillery due to be located on the Eden Campus, which is dedicated to zero-carbon businesses.

Construction on the site has already commenced, with the distillery expected to be open to visitors during the first half of 2023. Future distillation will be based at the new facility on the Eden Campus.

The distillery will be partially powered by the university’s new ground solar development and a future roof-mounted system. Eden Mill and the university are also exploring how they can capture carbon from the distillery’s production process to turn it into fuel.

Paul Miller, Eden Mill managing director and founder, said: “The vision for the Eden Mill distillery has been closely developed with the University of St Andrews.

“Its fabulous location at the mouth of the River Eden meets the romantic requirements for single malt Scotch whisky, while the strictly sustainable nature of our new distillery and the environmentally innovative surroundings of the campus are perfect for our progressive brand.”

Furthermore, Eden Mill has also made several appointments to its board. Stella Morse, who has worked in senior financial and strategy roles at Edrington and C&C Group, has been named the chair of the board.

Rennie Donaldson, former group financial controller at Edrington and ex-head of corporate development at William Grant & Sons, has also joined the board as chief operating officer.

The former regional director of Moët Hennessy Asia, Paul Skipworth, has been added to the board, alongside Inverleith’s senior investment director Michael Atkinso.

Morse added: “We’re pleased to have worked in partnership with the University of St Andrews to secure planning permission for what will become one of Scotland’s future iconic distilleries. Our values and ambition regarding sustainability are closely aligned and we look forward to opening the distillery to visitors from across the globe in 2023.”

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