October 13, 2013 – When local regulators in the Fife town of Glenrothes gave planning permission for a new distillery to be built near the Fife airport earlier this year, little more was reported at the time about the project. Now, India’s Business Standard reports the distillery is intended to be the focal point for a new global Scotch whisky brand to be launched by India’s Kyndal Group.

Kyndal is controlled by the Banerji family, which built the company distributing spirits in India, Western Asia, and Africa and currently distributes most of Morrison Bowmore’s Scotch whisky brands in the region. Managing director Siddharth Banerji told the Business Standard that Kyndal intends to launch the brand in that region by the end of 2013 using whisky sourced “from its partners,” but will eventually sell whisky from the Fife distillery when it is available starting in 2018. Kyndal and its local partner, John Fergus & Co, Ltd. will invest most of the £6.7 million ($10.7 million USD) required for the first phase of the distillery project, and have already been approved for approximately £1.8 million in Scottish Government economic development grants.

The new distillery is expected to come on line in 2015. No name has been selected for the project, and we refer to it here as the “Fife distillery” to avoid potential confusion with the Glenrothes Distillery located in the Speyside town of Rothes.

Links: Kyndal Group