Diageo has submitted a planning application to Moray Council, for a £9.5m redevelopment of its Dailuaine distillery complex. This would make it possible for the company to increase production capacity in Speyside, which is home to 17 of the company’s malt whisky distilleries in Scotland.
Diageo’s malt distilling director, Brian Higgs, said: “Scotch whisky has never been more popular around the world. Speyside is already at the heart of our malt distilling operations and I am delighted that, beginning with the Dailuaine proposal, we are looking at further enhancing our business in this area.”
The application has not yet been accepted, but it’s likely to be approved. John Russell, Chariman of Moray Counsil’s economic development and infrastructure services committee (it must be difficult to fit that on a business card) said: “I very much welcome this announcement by Diageo which further underlines the importance of the Scotch whisky industry to the Moray economy.” A consultation exercise with local residents is expected to start this week.