Work has commenced on expanding The Glenlivet distillery, with Master Distiller Alan Winchester breaking ground at the site.
The enhanced production facilities will significantly increase the distillery’s capacity, thus ensuring that current and future demand for ‘the single malt that started it all’ will continue to be met.
The news follows the recent announcement of a strong set of financial results for the year ending in June 2015 for Chivas Brothers, with the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard recording overall growth in net sales of +3%.
The Glenlivet recorded the standout achievement for Chivas Brothers with +11% net sales growth. The whisky has successfully driven consumer recruitment and attracted Scotch connoisseurs to the brand, which has made it the largest contributor to the growth of the single malt category in the past five years.
Laurent Lacassagne, Chairman & CEO of Chivas Brothers, commented: “Today’s first step towards an expansion at The Glenlivet distillery is an historic day for Chivas Brothers as we look to continue the brand’s phenomenal triumphs across the past five years to reinforce our position as the world’s No.1 single malt Scotch whisky.”