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Plans for first grain distillery in Scottish Borders

Plans have been revealed for the first grain distillery in the Sottish Borders. 

Jackson Distillers has submitted proposals for the St Boswells Distillery, with a vision to make it Scotland's lowest-carbon and most resource-efficient grain distillery.

Located on the Charlesfield Industial Estate, the distillery will produce 20 million litres of pure alcohol per year to meet growing demand for grain whisky for blending, and a Scottish grain neutral spirit for gin and vodka.

Jackson Distillers is working with Noble & Company to secure the £46 million investment necessary for the construction of the distillery, only the second such facility to be built in Scotland in the past 25 years.

Trevor Jackson, founder and CEO of Jackson Distillers, said: "We are excited to bring forward this transformational opportunity for the Scottish Borders. The project will create 20 permanent high-value jobs and a further 200 jobs through the construction stage whilst providing a crucial ongoing contribution to the local rural economy.

"The distillery will play its part in helping Scotland meet its climate change ambitions, sending zero waste to landfill with sustainability at the forefront of its production practices."

The site will take high-quality local cereals from the Tweed valley and process them using renewable energy, using water from an on-site borehole. The cereals' journey will be tracked to give consumers confidence in the spirit's provenance. Spent cereals will be passed to an adjacent anaerobic digestion plant, with remaining material used as a soil conditioner.

The planning application is expected to be determined by the Scottish Borders Council in July 2021.

17 June 2021 - Bethany Whymark