New warehouse

Supply chain boost for Artisanal Spirits Company

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Members have grown above 30,000

Artisanal Spirits Company, the owner of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, is taking a 10-year lease on a warehouse near Glasgow to boost its supply chain operations.

An initial heads of terms agreement has been signed that will provide the group with greater control of its supply chain, with a view to improving margin contribution over time.

The 37,000 sq. ft. facility at Uddingston comprises a high quality warehouse, production building and offices.

Design work and the process of sourcing equipment is under way and the installation is scheduled to begin at the start of 2022. The facility is expected to become fully operational in the second half of 2022 and will employ around 10 people.

The new supply chain facility provides the company with enhanced capability to supply its growing SMWS membership with ultra-premium scotch malt whisky and other spirits.

SMWS’ global membership has now surpassed 30,000 for the first time, with the recent uptake from UK members being particularly encouraging following the phased reopening of venues and relaxing of COVID related restrictions.

David Ridley, executive managing director, said: “Securing a long-term lease at a newly refurbished supply chain facility comes at an exciting time for us as we continue to scale up the business with the IPO proceeds. The facility will allow us to take greater control over the group’s supply chain, whilst also providing us with the resources to supply our growing membership.

“To have attracted 30,000 members worldwide is testament to our offering and signifies an exciting milestone for the Group and we look forward to further membership growth, while continuing to excite our existing members, with an increasing variety of flavours and quality SMWS products in the years to come.”

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