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Lochlea Named Ayrshire's International Business of the Year


12th October 2023
Ayrshire-based Lochlea Distillery has been crowned International Trade Business of the Year in regional awards.

Lochlea Named Ayrshire's International Business of the Year. Pictured Darren McCormick from Lochlea Distillery and Samantha McKechnie from Neogen (award category sponsor)

Lochlea Distillery, a family-owned and independent whisky distillery in South Ayrshire, Scotland, has received the 'Going Global International Trade Business of the Year' award at the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. These awards are highly regarded within the Ayrshire business community and serve as a platform to recognise outstanding achievements.

The announcement of the winners took place during the 2023 Awards Dinner on October 6th at Ayr Racecourse. Lochlea Distillery's team was thrilled to win in the 'Going Global International Trade Business of the Year' category, underscoring their remarkable international growth.

Lochlea Distillery boasts a rich Scottish heritage, once being the home of the iconic poet Robert Burns from 1777 to 1784. Despite only launching their first whisky in January 2022, Lochlea's whiskies are already available in over 150 UK retailers and distributed in 20 international markets, demonstrating their global success.

David Ferguson, Commercial Director at Lochlea Distillery commented: "We are over the moon to have won this prestigious award celebrating growing businesses in our region, especially given the calibre of our fellow Ayrshire finalists. We have a strong and expanding local customer base whose support has been key since we launched last year. On the export side, it means a lot to our team that Lochlea has been recognised for our achievements to date, and we have exciting plans to continue moving into more international markets in future".

Lochlea, was originally a 222-acre livestock farm, was acquired by Neil and Jen McGeoch in 2006. Following careful deliberation about the farm's future and a prosperous experiment in barley cultivation in 2015, the couple converted the land and existing farm structures into a fully functional distillery in 2017, commencing distillation the following year. The agricultural aspect remains a distinctive feature of Lochlea, as their foray into barley production has positioned them as one of Scotland's rare, fully grain-to-cask distilleries.

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