Springbank, Glengyle shutting down?June 27th, 2008
I just received this official press release from Springbank which, while somewhat vague, confirms that they will be cutting back production.
As a consequence of the continuing instability of basic raw material prices, which have doubled within the last year, the management of J & A Mitchell and Company Ltd. have decided to cut back the production of new spirit at their Springbank and Glengyle Distilleries until prices settle. The state of the materials market will be kept under continuous review.
The opportunity will be taken to carry out necessary maintenance work and create the increased warehousing accommodation required for future development. In the short term there will however, regrettably, be a few staff redundancies. There will be no impact on the availability of bottled Springbank whisky or the Kilkerran whisky from its Glengyle Distillery as the Company has ample stocks of young maturing whisky which will enable it to continue supplying its home and export markets as normal.
The press release doesn’t say how much production will be cut back or for how long. Of course, this kind of retraction, or whatever you want to call it, is nothing new for Springbank, as it has been quite frequent throughout its life span, being a “boutique” distillery. As long as any cutback isn’t for an extended time period, I don’t think it will have a significant impact on the releases in the future.
Now, back to my vacation…