New Pallets For Isle Of Harris Distillery

1st February 2016

Logistics BusinessNew Pallets For Isle Of Harris Distillery

The first shipment of pallets has arrived at the new Isle of Harris Distillery in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

Scott Pallets’ specially designed bespoke ‘whisky pallets’ are produced to withstand the particular demands of the whisky industry, such as excessive weight bearing capabilities and an unusually long life span for holding whisky casks while the product matures in storage.

John Dye, Product Development Manager at Scott Pallets, said: “We work alongside our customers to ensure that the pallets we manufacture are absolutely ‘fit for purpose’, with a particular focus on health and safety compliance. Our whisky pallets can withstand over 6000kg and are built to last – in fact, we are aware of pallets that we manufactured over 30 years ago still being used. We also use the latest pallet design technology to ensure the structure of the pallets is such that the casks and their precious contents are sufficiently supported.”

Scott Pallets will supply Isle of Harris Distillers from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fife.

The family behind the Scott Pallets business has a strong connection with the Isle of Harris, making this new customer a particularly special one.

Norman Scott, Group Operations Director at Scott Group, whose mother was born and raised on the Island, said: “We’re delighted to be involved with Isle of Harris Distillers. There is a great deal of thought, effort and focus behind the business, and its success will have a significant impact on employment and the wider economy of Harris. We wholeheartedly support the ethos and look forward to enjoying the whisky in due course!”

Opened in October 2015, at the head of the harbour in East Loch Tarbert, visible to everyone arriving there by land or sea, the first whisky distillery in Harris is starting to make its first whisky spirit. Its owners wanted to make a ‘Social Distillery’, with the future of Harris at its heart, not only to create a thriving enterprise but to send the ‘spirit’ of the island out into the world.