April 3, 2013 – Diageo has selected a site next to the existing Teaninich Distillery in the Highlands for its newest malt whisky distillery. The site was selected from three short-listed sites announced last year for the £50 million project, which is expected to increase Diageo’s malt whisky production capacity by around 13 million liters a year. In addition, Teaninich will receive a £12 million upgrade that will almost double the distillery’s capacity. Assuming the planning process goes as scheduled, construction on the new distillery is expected to begin in 2014.
In a news release, Diageo Malt Distilling Director Brian Higgs cited the overall benefits of the Teaninich site near Alness:
“All three sites we considered for the new malt distillery were excellent potential locations but after detailed investigations Teaninich came out just ahead in terms of the many complex logistics required when planning such a development.
“It is a significant investment for the local economy around Alness and we look forward to working positively with Highland Council and the local community as we progress our plans.”
Glendullan Distillery in Speyside was one of the short-listed sites for the new project, and has been tapped for construction of a new bi0-energy plant that will convert distillery waste to natural gas for powering the distillery. The company also plans a major upgrade at Mortlach Distillery in Dufftown, with a new stillhouse that will significantly expand that distillery’s capacity.
Last year, Diageo announced plans to invest £1 billion in upgrades to its 28 malt whisky distilleries in Scotland.