Die Isle of Arran Distillers, eine der jüngsten Whiskyfirmen Schottlands, hat es im letzten Jahr zwar nicht geschafft, die Gewinnzone zu erreichen, konnte die Verluste aber halbieren. Die Verkaufszahlen der Markenartikel, wie der Arran Single Malt und der Lochranza Blend, stiegen im Vergleich zu 2004 um 11%, wobei der Malt um 28% zulegte und so einen Anteil von 72% aller verkauften Markenartikel ausmachte.
Isle of Arran Distillers narrows losses
Isle of Arran Distillers, one of Scotland’s youngest whisky companies, failed to break into profit last year but halved its annual losses after securing a US distributor.
The drinks industry minnow said sales of branded products, including Arran Single Malt and the Lochranza blend, rose by 11% compared with 2004, with malt sales increasing by 28% to reach a new level of 72% of all brand sales.
Isle of Arran’s distillery produced some 100,000 litres during the year, and it plans to increase production by a further 25% this year.
In February this year, the company’s Lochranza Distillery on Arran began bottling its first 10-year-old malt, which the company said had received “encouraging levels” of orders from the US and Canada, as well as a positive response from Europe.
The company said in its annual report: “We feel sure that this launch marks the beginning of a rapid growth phase for Arran in most major whisky markets. The directors are confident of the future prospects of the company.”