GlenDronach to double productionBy Nicola Carruthers
Brown-Forman will invest more than £30 million (US$36.5m) to double production at Highland whisky distillery The GlenDronach.
The multi-million-pound investment will ‘significantly’ increase production facilities at the site in Aberdeenshire.
It will ensure long-term future growth for the single malt brand by more than doubling production capacity. The GlenDronach is known for its Sherry cask-matured single malts.
According to Brown-Forman, global demand for The GlenDronach, has tripled since 2016.
Laura Tolmie, distillery manager, said: “As a small, traditional Scottish distillery, we’re very proud to be custodians of such a revered single malt at The GlenDronach.
“I’m delighted that this significant investment in the long-term future of the distillery is secured, preserving our rich heritage whilst ensuring we can meet the increasing demand for The GlenDronach at home and around the world.”
The expansion marks the second phase of investment from Brown-Forman for the Scotch whisky distillery, following the renovation of the site’s visitor centre in 2020. The upgrade included a new tasting room, whisky bar, lounge and retail space.
The expansion plan will pay ‘significant attention’ to preserving the historic site, including the restoration of the former maltings building as a working production area. All existing buildings and the courtyard will remain.
The three-year project will also improve operational energy efficiencies.
The news comes several months after Alan McConnochie, manager of The GlenDronach, Benriach and Glenglassaugh Scotch distilleries, retired in April after 50 years in the whisky trade.
Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman has ramped up production at several of its distilleries in recent years. In March 2021, the company revealed plans to expand the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Kentucky, which will double its production capacity.
A month earlier, Brown-Forman moved forward with its US$95m distillery expansion in Louisville, Kentucky.
In other whisky news, two miniature bottles of single malt Scotch became the most expensive whiskies of their kind to be sold at auction.