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Bladnoch Distillery returns to production

Published:  27 July, 2015

Bladnoch, the southern-most distillery in Scotland is to start producing whisky again.

Australian businessman David Prior bought the facility out of administration on 24 July for an undisclosed sum.

The company plans significant investment in the distillery's production facilities to bring them in line with the industry's best environmental standards.

Aside from the distillery, the new owner also acquired a warehouse and a visitor centre, where it hopes to create further new jobs to help boost local employment.

Whisky splash

The distillery was first established in 1817. It has been inactive for six years, although it did not formally enter liquidation until March 2014.

The new owner is called Bladnoch Distillery Limited. Prior has recruited Gavin Hewitt, former chief executive of the Scottish Whisky Association, as a non-executive director.

Hewitt said: "It is wonderful to see one of Scotland's oldest distilleries revived. I'm excited to be on the team which will breathe new life into Bladnoch and provide a stimulus for the local economy."