Edrington has been given the green light for a £100 million redevelopment of its Macallan distillery near Craigellachie on Speyside.
It will expand production and warehousing, and add a new visitor centre after Moray council’s planning committee voted in favour of its bid.
Graham Hutcheon, group operations director of Edrington, which owns the Macallan brand, said: “We are delighted with the decision taken today by the Moray Council planning committee.
“This permission enables us to forge ahead with our work on site. Following a competitive tender process, we have selected Robertson as our preferred contractor to deliver our new distillery and visitor centre.
“Only the external appearance of the distillery will change – the exceptional quality of The Macallan will not be compromised and the same focus on attention to detail and personal care of the whisky’s production will be upheld.
“The new distillery will undoubtedly become one of the most talked about distilleries, not only in Speyside, but globally, and we look forward to starting on site soon.”