Chivas completes construction of Dalmunach distillery
13 October, 2014
Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has completed the construction of its new Speyside malt whisky distillery.
The fourteenth operating Chivas Brothers' malt whisky distillery, Dalmunach, is named after the nearby pool in the River Spey on whose banks the distillery sits and is capable of producing up to 10 million litres per year.
Laurent Lacassagne, chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers, said: "As global demand for Scotch whisky increases year on year, our confidence in the long-term growth prospects for the category remains strong. The construction of the new Dalmunach distillery is a clear demonstration of our confidence and also of our commitment to invest to meet the significant growth potential.
"With their reputation for crafted excellence, our blended whiskies form a key part of the Chivas Brothers portfolio in both emerging economies and mature markets, so we believe the increased capacity which the new distillery will provide will help to drive the business forward in the years to come, " said Lacassagne.
The distillery architecture has been inspired by the shape of a sheaf of barley and houses eight copper pot stills. A tulip shape was used for the wash stills and an onion shape used for the spirit stills, replicating those from the Imperial distillery, which was situated on the site until 2012.
Production at the Dalmunach distillery will commence this month.
New Chivas Distillery opened by Nicola Sturgeon.
22 June, 2015
First minister Nicola Sturgeon will officially open Chivas Brothers' £25m Dalmunach Distillery on the banks of the River Spey today.
The distillery - named after the nearby pool in the River Spey - is the culmination of Chivas Brothers' investment package which has increased malt whisky distillation capacity by 17% to "support long-term global demand for its brands".
Laurent Lacassagne, chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers, said: "Dalmunach Distillery is an excellent example of securing the future of the industry by respecting its heritage and it's fitting that the remnants from the old Imperial Distillery have been built into an extremely efficient distillery with an architecturally stunning design."
The distillery houses eight copper pot stills with a tulip shape used for the wash stills and an onion shape for the spirit stills, replicating those from the Imperial distillery which was situated on the site until 2012.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon added: "Scotch Whisky is one of Scotland's iconic brands and is in huge demand all over the globe due to the exceptional quality the industry produces.
"It is hugely important to the Scottish economy and its protected EU status means it has an unmatched international reputation."