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Bladnoch Distillery receives prestigious international trade award

Lowland distillery, Bladnoch, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for excellence in international trade.

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The Bladnoch distillery is the southernmost distillery in Scotland

The 204-year-old Bladnoch Distillery is one of 226 organisations nationally to be recognised with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Now in its 56th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is regarded as the most prestigious business award in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.

In addition, Bladnoch Distillery will also be awarded a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy, which will be presented at the distillery by one of the Queen’s representatives, a Lord-Lieutenant.

Previous winners have reported benefitting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale.

Following the distillery’s acquisition in 2015 by Australian businessman David Prior, the brand embarked on a new chapter in the history of what is the oldest privately owned scotch whisky distillery, and the first to be owned by an Australian.

Bladnoch said it was in the top three Lowland whiskies sold in almost all of its export markets, with Germany, China and the US all growing at more than 100% in both volume and value in the last year alone.

In addition to the flagship Bladnoch single malts, the brand has also created Pure Scot, an award-winning blended Scotch inspired by the Australian and Scottish environment. The company said the brand has found success in both traditional and developing export markets, including Israel, Nigeria and Indonesia, finding favour with premium blended whisky consumers.

Head of commercial Will Pitchforth remarked: “The growth of the Bladnoch Distillery business has been a reflection of the dedication to quality and exceptional whisky making, combined with a philosophy, core to our way of working, to conduct business with integrity and fairness, recognised by our network of trusted distributors around the world.”

Bladnoch secured a £10 million (US$13.8m) loan to expand into new markets across the world last year.

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