Iain Gray MSP and Fiona O’Donnell MP visited the county’s only malt whisky distillery at Glenkinchie today to discuss its important contribution to the local economy and community.
The parliamentarians were given a tour of the facility by Site Operations Manager Scott Sneddon, and chatted to staff about various aspects of the business, including its burgeoning role as a local tourist attraction.
Speaking after the visit, Iain Gray MSP said:
“As well as its contribution to Scotland’s thriving whisky industry, Glenkinchie distillery also has a first class visitor centre and attracts thousands of tourists to East Lothian each year. I was pleased to hear more about its plans for further developing this aspect of the business.
“I also welcome Glenkinchie’s strong and longstanding links with other local businesses and communities, which it is also continuing to enhance. I enjoyed visiting the distillery again and wish all the staff there continued success for the future.”
“There are so many reasons this is the best County in Scotland, and Glenkinchie is one of them.”
Fiona O’Donnell MP said:
“This was my first visit to Glenkinchie and I enjoyed learning more about the distillery and the process involved in making the whisky. It makes an important contribution to the local economy as a high profile business and employer, as well as a vital tourist attraction.
“It is also important to remember that Scotch whisky makes a huge contribution to the Scottish and UK economies. I was keen to hear about the growth markets for premium whiskies like Glenmorangie.
“The history of the site is fascinating and the enthusiasm of the staff for the product they make was infectious. I want to thank all of them for taking the time out to talk to us and make us so welcome. I’m sure it won’t be long before I return for another visit.”
Scott Sneddon, Glenkinchie Site Operations Manager, said:
“It was a real pleasure to show Fiona and Iain around the distillery and to discuss the part we play in the local economy and community.
“As the only malt whisky distillery in East Lothian we have a strong role in the local tourist economy and we’ve had a fantastic year in 2014. We look forward to working with our local stakeholders, including Fiona and Iain to build on that in the New Year.
“We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in East Lothian a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”