A classic whisky distillery is being shut down in a cost-cutting measure.
The Edrington Group plans to close the Tamdhu distillery and malting
operations in Aberlour next year resulting in a loss of more than 30 jobs.
The group has decided to concentrate its efforts on its three main brands,
The Macallan, Glenrothes and Highland Park. Another distillery Glenturret
will also remain open. The closure is a response to the economy.
Whisky is still selling well but costs have risen and The Scotsman quotes
Graham Hutcheon, group operations director for Edrington, who said that
the move was done to make sure that the "business is the right size and
shape to support current and future activity levels." Edrington employs
about 2,200 people across the globe and also owns the Famous Grouse and
other brands such as Cutty Sark and Brugal rum. The Tamdhu distillery
opened in the late 1890s and went through several closures over the years
including a long period between 1928 and 1947.