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Scotland’s oldest working whisky distillery, based in Perthshire, could soon be producing biofuels thanks to a series of trials using algae to capture carbon dioxide from the boiler systems. The site is also home to The Famous Grouse, The Edrington Group’s biggest-selling Scotch whisky, and the company produces more than 85m bottles of spirits a year including The Macallan, Cutty Sark and Highland Park. Under chief executive Ian Curle and chairman Ian Good, sales grew to £419.9m in 2008. The company’s profits of £117.1m were the second biggest on the table.

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Company details
ActivityWhisky and rum distiller
Sales £m419.9
Operating profit £m117.1
Main shareholdersThe Robertson Trust (76%), employees, former employees (24%)

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