Johnnie Walker’s ‘Highland home’ Clynelish reopens

Diageo has opened the renovated Clynelish Scotch whisky distillery in Scotland, which has been rebranded as the ‘Highland home of Johnnie Walker’. Clynelish was given an extensive overhaul as part of Diageo’s £185 million (US$258) investment in its Scotch whisky visitor experiences. Situated on Scotland’s North Coast 500 route, Clynelish has a new visitor centre with an interactive story room, ‘modern’ retail space, and a new terrace bar overlooking Brora’s hills. The multi-sensory, interactive visitor…

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Scottish government cuts hospitality support

A trade body has slammed the “senseless” decision by the Scottish government to end the Strategic Framework Business Fund on 19 April, described as a “financial lifeline” for hospitality businesses during the pandemic. Scottish finance secretary Kate Forbes said the Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF) would be replaced by a one-off reopening grant. “A day of reckoning is coming for debt strapped Scottish businesses and as politicians prioritise the electoral trail, they are needlessly cutting…

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Beam Suntory invests £6m in Glen Garioch

Spirits producer Beam Suntory will invest £6 million (US$8.3m) in Highland Scotch distillery Glen Garioch to reintroduce floor maltings and other ‘traditional’ processes to the site. The Glen Garioch distillery in Oldmeldrum, Scotland, was founded in 1797. The £6m renovation will also include the installation of direct fire heating to the wash still. Furthermore, Beam Suntory will also introduce a ‘cutting-edge’ direct fired distillation method, which will reduce the distillery’s carbon footprint by 15%. Kwanele…

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Green energy hub could cut Scotch whisky emissions

A planned green energy hub at the Port of Cromarty Firth in Scotland could reduce the environmental impact of Scotch whisky makers Glenmorangie, Whyte & Mackay and Diageo. The North of Scotland Hydrogen Programme aims to develop a state-of-the-art hub on the Cromarty Firth to produce, store and distribute hydrogen to the region. The hydrogen produced at the site could one day be used by distilleries in the area. A feasibility study into the use…

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Scottish government admits no evidence for bar closures

The Scottish government has failed to produce evidence to support Covid-19 restrictions on the country’s hospitality sector, a trade group has found. Trade body the Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG) submitted a freedom of information (FOI) request to the government in November, asking for any evidence to back up restrictions placed on the on-trade from 1 March 2020. The SHG said the aim of the FOI request was to find out exactly what information the government…

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