Whisky Focus - BenRiach Distillery Company Buys Glenglassaugh Distillery

BenRiach Distillery Company Buys Glenglassaugh Distillery


22nd March  2013
BenRiach Distillery Company buys Glenglassaugh for undisclosed sum.

The BenRiach Distillery Company today completed the purchase of the Glenglassaugh whisky distillery which is situated on the Banffshire coast close to the village of Portsoy.in Banffshire.

Glenglassaugh, one of Scotlandís oldest distilleries which was established in 1875, was purchased from its owners, the Amsterdam-based Lumiere Holdings, for an undisclosed sum. Glenglassaugh was brought back to life in 2008 by the private investor Lumiere Holdings after it was mothballed in 1986, it had been closed for 22 years. Today it produces a range of single malt whiskies and currently has the production capacity of 1,100,000 litres of whisky a year.

Edinburgh-headquartered BenRiach is led by industry veteran and master blender Billy Walker and his partners, South African whisky entrepreneurs Geoff Bell and Wayne Kieswetter.

An upbeat Mr Walker said: "Five years ago, our acquisition of GlenDronach surprised and delighted whisky connoisseurs around the world and today we are confident that our latest intriguing acquisition will have the same positive effect.

"Weíre really delighted to buy Glenglassaugh, a renowned Highland single malt with a rich and distinguished heritage. Itís an excellent complementary fit with our existing BenRiach and GlenDronach brands. Part of its attraction to us is that it isnít too large for our portfolio but its potential in contributing to the group certainly is.

"Itís our intention to bring this iconic distillery fully back to life by giving it the investment, commitment and care it deserves. I believe our whisky expertise, proven brand-building ability and strong routes to market will help take Glenglassaugh to the next level."

Mr Walker added: "The timing is good as there is no doubt we are currently in a golden age for scotch whisky. Thereís unprecedented demand for high-end brands like ours in places like Taiwan, Scandinavia, USA, China, India, Russia, the Middle East, South Africa and South America, and we now have the fantastic opportunity to re-introduce Glenglassaugh to these markets."

Mr Walker continued: "I would like to thank the Royal Bank of Scotland who have seamlessly facilitated the deal."

Glenglassaugh's Managing Director Stuart Nickerson said: "It's great to be back in Scottish hands. Glenglassaugh is a fantastic brand that was unheard of five years ago and today is exported to over twenty-five countries worldwide. It's highly regarded as a premium brand and has won numerous top awards. We've grown the business significantly and today's announcement means continued investment and will also allow the business to grow further and more rapidly."
 

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