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Isle of Arran posts record growth despite slump of Scottish whisky sector

Published:  28 July, 2015

Independent whisky producer Isle of Arran Distillers has revealed record results for 2014.

The distillery, which is the only producer of single malt on Arran, saw its turnover rise by 21 per cent to £5.5m in the year to 31 December. These figures reflect sales growth of 30% in the UK market.

Profits have also grown significantly, up 51% to £831,362.

Isle of Arran's success compares favourably with the sector as a whole. According to figures from the Scottish Whisky Association, UK sales of Scotch fell 5% in 2014, with export sales falling by 7%.

The distillery's results include £795,000 from its visitor centre. Visitor numbers rose 10% in 2014 thanks in part to a reduction in the island's ferry fares implemented in October.

The distillery was opened in 1995 and currently exports to 45 countries worldwide. Its distribution in the UK is set to expand with listings for two products in M&S later this year.

Managing director, Euan Mitchell, said: "In a challenging period for Scotch whisky our continued growth is testament to a focus on quality and a clear strategy well executed.

"Interest in smaller, independent brands such as ours is surging and we are not even scratching the surface in global terms."