SWA: ‘Urgent’ clarity needed on business rates relief

Trade body the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is calling for “urgent clarification” on business rates relief for distilleries and the suspension of duty payments to help producers amid the covid-19 outbreak. In the UK budget on 11 March, UK chancellor Rishi Sunak said the government would abolish business rates for leisure and hospitality businesses this year in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. The Scottish government has also announced a similar move. In a statement…

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Fèis Ìle and Campbeltown Malts Festival cancelled

Islay’s Fèis Ìle 2020 and the Campbeltown Malts Festival have become the latest whisky events to cancel following government guidelines put in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Fèis Ìle 2020 was due to take place on the Scottish island of Islay from 22-30 May. The event’s organisers were forced to cancel this year’s event and the next festival will now be the 2021 instalment, which will take place from 28 May to 5…

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Former Bruichladdich general manager dies

Duncan McGillivray, former general manager of Islay distillery Bruichladdich, has died aged 68. McGillivray’s career at Bruichladdich spanned more than 40 years before his retirement on 27 June 2014. Aged 14, he left school to work at Rockside Farm as an apprentice mechanic. After two-and-a-half years, he moved to Aoradh at Gruinart in the north of Islay where he worked with engineer Bob Erlie. On 20 May 1974, McGillivray moved to Bruichladdich as a trainee…

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GlenAllachie gains £30m investment for global growth

Speyside distillery GlenAllachie has obtained a £30 million (US$38m) funding package to support its international expansion. The asset-based lending package is for a four-year period and came from Clydesdale Bank, with finance specialist HNH acting as an advisor. The money will be used to fund working capital and capital expenditure as the Scotch whisky distiller “continues to develop its brand around the world”. Based near Aberlour, The GlenAllachie Distillery is led by Billy Walker, former…

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Youth club: Scotch targets new generation of drinkers

As its traditional fan base ages and consumers become more category-curious, the Scotch whisky industry is recruiting a new generation through flavour innovation, alignment with cocktails and digital marketing. *This feature was originally published in the December 2019 issue of The Spirits Business. Necessity may be the mother of invention but it is also the mother of reinvention; staying relevant to an evolving audience with changing values and interests is crucial to longevity. This is…

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