Scotland business

Speyside distillery Benromach to open new bottling line

Benromach distillery, Forres
Image caption Benromach's owners said overall sales shot up by 40% last year

A whisky firm is to build a new bottling line for its Speyside distillery this year, following a surge in sales.

Benromach owners Gordon and MacPhail are investing £540,000 in building works and a new line for the Forres-based distillery.

It will be able to handle up to 3,000 bottles of Benromach per hour.

Benromach's overall sales soared by 40% in 2012, with strong growth recorded in China, Sweden, the US and France.

Sales in the UK increased by 13% during the year.

Gordon and MacPhail managing director Michael Urquhart said: "As the smallest distillery in Speyside, Benromach is punching above its weight in terms of sales growth.

"Benromach's single malts are becoming increasingly popular with people who want a whisky with a distinctive traditional Speyside style.

"We worked very hard to promote ourselves throughout the UK this year, resulting in a 13% increase in sales."

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