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Islay whisky producers demand better transport links

Published:  23 July, 2008

Islay's whisky distillers have successsfully called for extra ferry services to the island to meet increased sales demand.

Following an approach from the island's distillers, which are reportedly experiencing unprecedented demand and increasing production levels, the island's ferry service, CalMac, has agreed to add extra sailings to its timetable.

Fay Harris, CalMac's Regional Manager Islay said: "Clearly, the whisky industry is having a very good spell with lots of extra traffic being generated. We have consulted with the distillers and local hauliers to address their specific concerns and the timetable we have devised should enable them to meet their production requirements."

Campbell Evans, Director of Government & Consumer Affairs, Scotch Whisky Association, said: "The improvements to capacity serving Islay are a big step ensure the service is able to support the growing international demand for Islay whiskies."