Scottish distillery teams with tech firm

Andrew Lyall, lead engineer of arc-net, with Alex Bruce, managaing director and master blender of Adelphi.

Scottish distillery teams with tech firm

A collaboration between Ardnamurchan Distillery and tech firm arc-net will allow whisky fans to find out every detail about their bottle of whisky, from the field the barley was farmed in, to who bottled it and when.

The information will be stored on a digital platform, accessed by scanning a unique QR code, and using Blockchain software developed by arc-net.

Amid growing concerns about counterfeits of rare Scotch, the innovation also means whisky importers and collectors can have absolute certainty in what they are purchasing, heralding a major development in food security, traceability and transparency.

Alex Bruce, managing director of Adelphi, which owns and operates the Ardnamurchan Distillery, said arc-net’s Blockchain innovation would be piloted on their new Ardnamurchan 2017AD spirit.

Bruce added: “By simply scanning a bottle on their phone, customers will be able to find out unrivalled detail about their spirit. Every detail of each bottle’s story will be recorded, from when it was made to where it was exported, and much more. The full Adelphi and Ardnamurchan story will be there.

“Story-telling and authenticity are major components of the Scotch whisky industry. By pioneering this technology, Adelphi is both advancing and uniting these vital ingredients.”

As the initiative is rolled out, each buyer of Ardnamurchan spirit and future whisky releases will receive a digital certificate of authenticity eliminating the risk of fraud and counterfeit substitutions that are becoming an increasing problem in the £5.5bn whisky market

For Adelphi, the adoption of arc-net’s platform will enable the business to automate the capture of all aspects of the manufacturing and distilling processes, eliminating legacy record-keeping systems and providing transparent information that enables improved operational efficiency. The arc-net platform also provides product and supply chain insights.

Kieran Kelly, CEO of arc-net, said: “Blockchain enables a new era of transparency and product authentication. It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with such a forward-thinking company like Adelphi.

“Alex and his team are pushing the envelope of spirit and whisky production in terms of quality and traceability, and also demonstrating a realistic and pioneering approach to renewable energy and sustainability, and arc-net are delighted to be a part of their brand story.”

James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink said: “We believe we can double the size of our food and drink industry to £30bn by 2030. Innovation and provenance are two of the building blocks of that strategy. 

"Scotland's brand is growing globally and we must work hard to tell our story and, crucially, protect it too. So it's great to see the Ardnamurchan Distillery merging cutting-edge technology with the traditional distilling process to protect the all-important provenance of their newly launched 2017AD spirit.”