SUNTORY TO INVEST USD180M TO BUILD A 500,000-BARREL WHISKY STORAGE IN SCOTLAND
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
Source: East Ayrshire Council
Beam Suntory, a subsidiary of Japanese drinks giant Suntory Holdings, is planning to invest GBP150 milliom (USD180m) to build a new Scotch whisky maturation site near Glasgow in Scotland with a storage capacity of around 500,000 barrels.
A proposal of application notice has been submitted to East Ayrshire Council with the intention to lodge a planning application in the summer.
In the blueprint, a facility with 70,000 sq m of storage space enough for 500,000 barrels of whisky and associated buildings will be built in a site in Kingswell, 22km to the Southwest of Glasgow.
The company is now in the process of gathering the views of the local community on the project along with key stakeholders.
Beam Suntory’s UK and Ireland general manager of manufacturing operations, Craig Martin, said: “Engaging with the community at this early stage of planning will enable us to not only share our plans, but also get valuable feedback from the public.”
"This project represents a significant investment for Beam Suntory that will benefit Kilmarnock and position East Ayrshire as a key location for our Scotch whisky business for many years to come, aligning with the East Ayrshire Council’s Strategic Plan to develop the local economy and create jobs."
Beam Suntory currently employs approximately 400 people in Scotland. The company said the new facility will create more jobs during and after construction.
Beam Suntory and mother company Suntory Holdings own a diverse portfolio of premium whisky brands, including Yamazaki and Hakushu in Japan, Ardmore, Auchentoshan, Bowmore, Glen Garioch and Laphroaig in Scotland, as well as Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark in USA.
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