Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



SNP representatives of the Speyside area have welcomed today’s [Monday’s] official opening of Chivas Brothers Dalmunach Distillery. The official opening was carried out by the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon MSP.

Local representatives who attended the opening included Moray MSP Richard Lochhead, Moray MP Angus Robertson and SNP Councillors for Speyside Pearl Paul and Mike McConachie.

Speaking after the opening Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“The opening of Dalmunach marks a huge vote of confidence in Speyside’s future as the whisky capital of the world. The building itself is an architectural gem filled with local craftsmanship that will attract visitors in its own right, leaving an amazing legacy for the recently retired Douglas Cruickshank of Chivas.”

Angus Robertson MP said:

“I am delighted to see the opening of Dalmunach Distillery, which is the culmination of years of planning and investment by Chivas and provides significant employment in the whisky sector from the people working on site through the substantial amount of supply chain work it supports. Moray’s whisky sector is really booming with literally hundreds of millions being invested in this internationally significant product produced right here in Speyside.”

Speyside Glenlivet Councillor Pearl Paul said:

“Thousands of people in Moray benefit from the whisky sector - from farmers growing the barley, to engineering firms, haulage contractors right through to the direct employment at the distilleries and substantial tourism attraction the industry supports. This investment in Dalmunach Distillery builds the vital whisky sector still further. It is great to see what was a derelict site of the former Imperial Distillery being completely re-designed and brought back into use as a brand new state of the art facility.”

Speyside Glenlivet Councillor Mike McConachie said:

“It’s great to see continuing substantial investment by whisky companies here in Moray. The sector is massively important for employment and tourism in Moray and for Scotland’s wider economy. Chivas should also be commended for investing in such a fantastic building, which is simply spectacular. Dalmunach’s opening is is great news for Speyside and for Scotland.”