Inver House Distillers is targeting growth in emerging markets after investing £10m in extra production and warehouse capacity over the past 12 months.
Inver House also more than doubled production capacity at Speyburn to 4.2m litres of whisky per annum, thanks to work completed at the Speyside distillery in October last year.
The plan is to feed growing demand in the company’s new markets, such as India, Kazakhstan and Poland, supplementing its existing business, mainly focused on Europe, the US, Africa and the Far East.
‘Our brands performed well in 2015, growing and laying the foundations in many new international markets,’ said Graham Stevenson, Inver House managing director.
‘We anticipate further opportunities, and this growth will be underpinned in the coming years by the increased capacity, in terms of production and maturation storage, created as part of our investment programme.’
Inver House’s entry into India with Old Pulteney, Balblair, Speyburn and Caorunn gin has been marked by a series of masterclass events in the cities of Delhi, Puni and Mumbai.
The company is also about to launch into local travel retail – a vital channel in a region where import taxes are extremely high.
Inver House, owned by International Beverage Holdings, itself a subsidiary of Thailand’s ThaiBev conglomerate, saw pre-tax profits rise 23.5% to £11.8m in 2014, its last full-year results. Turnover was up 2.8% to £79.2m.