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In whisky tourism, South Africa’s Distell International has invested £10.5 million in a new visitor centre and distillery for its whisky brand Bunnahabhain Distillery on Islay.

The new layout will feature a “brand home” and visitor centre, as well as a café and retail space  which will be positioned along the shoreline with stunning views overlooking Bunnahabhain Bay and the Sound of Islay.

In an interview with the drinks business last year, Distell’s MD for Europe, Fraser Thornton, said he hopes to expand the group’s overall turnover by scaling up its growing UK business.

The UK, he explained, is “very small” for the company, accounting for around 2.5% of the remaining 20%.

But the company, which owns cider brand Savanna, believes there is more potential for growth in the UK than in South Africa, where Distell “already have a dominant position.”

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