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ROSEANNA HEARS OF POSITIVE FUTURE FOR GLENTURRET

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP recently visited Glenturret Distillery in Crieff.  Glenturret’s owners, the Edrington Group – who also own the Famous Grouse – have recently announced that the Glenturret brand and distillery have been put up for sale.

During her visit Ms Cunningham met with John Laurie, Glenturret’s General Manager and Graham Hutcheon, Edrington Group Operations Director.

Speaking following the visit, Ms Cunningham said:

“There is absolutely no doubt that news about the sale of Glenturret and the consequent departure of the Famous Grouse Experience from Crieff came as a bit of a shock for many in this area and I made it quite clear to the representative from Edrington that the announcement could have been handled far better.

“As the oldest working malt whisky distillery in Scotland, with distinctive aspects to its production process, Glenturret has a number of unique selling points which are important within the competitive malt whisky market. I was pleased to learn that Edrington have received over 100 notes of interest from potential buyers and their intention is to create a shortlist by September.

“I was, however, also keen to hear the views of both Mr Laurie and Mr Hutcheon on the future potential for Glenturret Distillery under a new owner since Glenturret and Famous Grouse have both benefited from the existing set-up.

“It is important to note, of course, that the association with Famous Grouse and Edrington only plays a small part of Glenturret’s 250-year history and the distillery itself will continue to be a significant magnet attraction for visitors coming in to the area.

“I am certain that, with or without the Famous Grouse Experience, both the brand and distillery associated with Glenturret would be an extremely attractive proposition for any buyer. 

“The team are optimistic for the future and the distillery’s unique selling point as the oldest working distillery is still a tourist draw. Mr Laurie informed me that Glenturret’s own visitor surveys demonstrate that visitor numbers remain strong and those coming to the distillery are particularly interested in the heritage and craft whisky aspects of the business.

“Glenturret has also forged strong relationships over the years with other local businesses – their baked goods are supplied by Campbell’s Bakery and they recently switched to sourcing all fruit and vegetables from the Handy Shop in Crieff. 

“It is important to me that those relationships continue and grow and that the success of Glenturret is shared throughout the Strathearn economy in as many ways as possible.

“In addition to the positive outlook reported by Glenturret themselves, I have been in touch with Perth and Kinross Council regarding their role supporting Glenturret through the changes that are to come and received assurances that the Council will do whatever it can to support any new owners.”

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NOTE: Below is a photograph showing [L to R] Mr Graeme Hutcheon, Edrington Group Operations Director; Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP; Mr John Lawrie, General Manager, Glenturret, in front of the Glenturret Distillery.

 

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