Following the announcement last week by the Edrington Group it was planning to sell the Glenturret distillery near Crieff, local MP Luke Graham took the issue direct to the UK Government Investment Minister, Graham Stuart.
The distillery, which hosts The Famous Grouse Experience, announced it was up for sale on Monday, with the sale process expected to proceed over the summer. It is one of the few distilleries in Scotland still producing Scotch malt whisky using the traditional hand-mashing process, and has proven to be one of the most popular visitor attractions in Scotland since The Famous Grouse Experience opened its door there in 2002.
Over the weekend Luke Graham held calls with representatives of Glenturret owners and the Department for International Trade, before meeting with the Investment Minister, Graham Stuart, to discuss having the distillery included in the UK Scottish Investment Portfolio to try to secure jobs and investment in and around Crieff.
Commenting, Luke Graham said:
“I was also disappointed to hear this week that the Edrington Group are planning to sell the Glenturret distillery near Crieff.
Having the Famous Grouse Experience located there has proven to be an enormous success, providing jobs and investment for the local economy. However, this also means that it is an attractive proposition for any potential buyer.
I will be following up on this meeting, and other discussions to do everything I can to secure jobs and investment for Crieff and the surrounding areas.”