HRH The Duke of Rothesay celebrates Scotch Whisky success

16 Apr 2013

His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay was in Speyside today to mark further expansion of the Scotch Whisky industry. HRH The Duke of Rothesay opened the Helius CoRDe biomass combined heat and power plant in Rothes and the Glen Grant bottling plant.

HRH The Duke of Rothesay was welcomed by representatives of the industry, including the trade body the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). The Scotch Whisky industry is vital to the Scottish and UK economies and underpins communities across Scotland, including Speyside which is home to a number of distilleries and related facilities. Last year, Scotch Whisky exports were worth a record £4.3 billion.

The Helius CoRDe plant is the first of its kind and is another example of the achievements of the Scotch Whisky industry Environmental Strategy which was launched in 2009. The plant is a modular power station that uses by-products from nearby Single Malt Whisky distilleries to generate 8.32 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 9,000 homes - equivalent to the size of Elgin. It also produces animal feed supplement - pot ale syrup. It is a joint venture, part-owned by Diageo, Edrington, Chivas, Inver House, John Dewar's, Campari and Ben Riach.

HRH The Duke of Rothesay visited Glen Grant Distillery to open its bottling plant. He took a tour of the distillery and bottling hall and met a number of staff. Glen Grant has been distilling in Rothes, Speyside for more than 170 years. It is now home to the largest distillery bottling hall in Speyside.

Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said:

"It was a pleasure to welcome HRH The Duke of Rothesay to Speyside today and to show him the level of commitment and investment in the Scotch Whisky industry.

"Helius CoRDe is a ground breaking venture and a prime example of working in collaboration with local industry to secure sustainability. It will benefit the environment and farmers who can access its animal feed for their livestock. It is another step on the way to the Scotch Whisky industry meeting the ambitious targets laid out in its Environmental Strategy - the first industry-wide strategy of its kind in Scotland.

"The Glen Grant bottling hall secures jobs in the area and will help support the supply chain which relies on the Scotch Whisky industry on Speyside.

"There is great optimism in the future of the Scotch Whisky industry, with at least £2 billion committed to investment over the next three to four years."

Notes to editors

The Scotch Whisky Industry Environmental Strategy was launched in 2009. Here is a link to where you can download the latest update published last year.

2020 targets in the Environmental Strategy include:
• Sourcing 20% of primary energy requirements from non-fossil fuel
• 10% reduction in packaging weight
• 40% packaging from recycled materials
• All product packaging reusable or recyclable
• No packaging operations waste-to-landfill

With any media enquiries, please contact Rosemary Gallagher, Scotch Whisky Association communications manager on 0131 222 9230/07432 605 385 or email