Chivas expanding Glenlivet, re-starting Braeval

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin wing of Pernod Ricard, is planning to expand its Glenlivet facility. In addition, it says it will re-open the Braeval distillery that has been closed for six years.

Meanwhile, the company is marketing Chivas Regal 25 Year Old, a blend that harks back to the first-ever Chivas Regal blend, which also was a 25-year-old Scotch, first shipped from Aberdeen to New York in 1909. It is produced in limited quantities, and each bottled is individually numbered.

In the expansion project, Glenlivet on Speyside will get a new mash tun, six new stills and eight new wash backs to accommodate increased production. The project calls for expansion to strart as soon as all muncipal approvals are acquired.

Braeval Distillery, located near Tomintoul. is scheduled to reopen in July. Chivas Brothers founded Braeval in 1973. The company will use it to supply spirit for Chivas' blended whiskies.

Christian Porta, chairman and chief executive of Chivas Brothers, was very upbeat in making the announcements.

"Chivas Brothers exports exceed 1 million bottles every day around the world," he said, "and demand for Scotch whisky is at a record high. This latest investment will enable us to meet our growing demand as well as demonstrate our commitment to developing our business in Scotland."

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