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Member of the Week: Speyside Distillers

After celebrating a record year for exports, Speyside Distillers this week received a UK Board of Trade Award for rapid growth in international markets.

The UK Board of Trade champions inward investment, export and outward direct investment that delivers economic growth and prosperity across the whole of the country. The award was presented to the firm by The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP at the Board of Trade meeting in Stirling Castle.

The firm’s turnover from exports increased by 13% last year, with overseas sales making up 95% of its £3.2 million turnover.

Chief executive officer of Speyside Distillers John Harvey McDonagh commented, “We are honoured to be recognised by the DIT Board of Trade for our export achievements. We may be small in terms of the size of our operation, but we pack a punch in international markets.”

Managing director, Patricia Dillon, commented that the small scale of production at Speyside Distillery has necessitated an innovative approach to supplying the market both abroad and at home.

She said, “We will never have the scale of production that the major international drinks producers have, but this is one of our unique selling points and we don’t want that to change.

“We produce just 13,200 litres of alcohol per week, which allow us to focus on exclusivity. We are renowned for creating an exceptional product which, although available worldwide, is sold by strict allocation, creating a high level of demand.

“It is synonymous with luxury and quality – drinkers the world over recognise it as a dram which has been made using traditional time-honoured techniques by craftsmen with decades of experience in the industry.

“The fact that we are one of the last remaining independent also means that we have a great deal of flexibility for our producr, with capability to focus on exclusive bottlings, including many rare expressions from our archives, that are produced in extremely limited quantities,” she added.

The win comes alongside the news that fellow spirits company Edrington has unveiled its new whiskey distillery and visitor centre, based in Moray. Scott McCroskie, managing director of The Macallan, commented on the new build, “When you see the distillery, you will see it is like nothing else on Speyside, arguably like nothing else in the world.”

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead called the design “iconic and unique”, and commented: “I was absolutely awestruck by the breathtakingly stunning new Macallan distillery that will no doubt soon be a world-renowned attraction, providing a huge boost for Speyside.

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