18 warehouse complex for Scotch whisky manufacturer
04 November 2015
John Dewar & Sons has opened a blending and maturation facility in central Scotland that features a complex of 18 warehouses across the 100-acre site.
Each of the warehouses in the Poniel Blend Centre & Maturation Warehouse facility can hold up to 72,000 storage casks of whisky.
The project is part of a US$500-million investment in Scotch whisky production by Bacardi, the owner of John Dewar & Sons.
The blend centre features new technology to enhance water addition, mixing, and control spirit strength, as well as energy-efficient conveyers that transport casks from station-to-station on pallets.
The system – outfitted with controls to ensure the worker safety – also enables the movement of whisky between sites in tankers instead of traditional wooden casks. This reduces annual carbon dioxide emissions by 1,000 metric tons – equivalent to keeping more than 400 cars off roadways. The entire operation runs with just 24 employees, most hired from the local community.
You can watch a video of the operation here.