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Macallan whisky distillery redevelopment plan approved

Image of planned development Image copyright Edrington Group
Image caption The development will see a new visitor centre built along with expanded production and warehousing

A £100m redevelopment of a Speyside distillery has been given the go-ahead by planners.

Edrington Group wants to expand production and warehousing at its Macallan distillery near Craigellachie, as well as creating a new visitor centre.

Moray Council's planning committee unanimously approved the plans.

Work on the project is expected to start later this year, with completion due in 2017.

When the plans were announced, Edrington chief executive Ian Curle said they were a "confident investment in the future of The Macallan and its home on Speyside".

The Glasgow-based whisky and rum distiller, which also produces Famous Grouse whisky, announced increased profits and turnover last summer.

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