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Suntory pours $56m into whisky-aging cellar to meet demand

Storehouse for 40,000 barrels will be added to Shiga, Japan facility

Suntory Holding will expand capacity to age whisky to 1.58 million barrels. (Photo by Takeru Goto)

TOKYO -- Japanese beverage producer Suntory Holdings will spend about 6 billion yen ($56 million) to expand a domestic whisky-aging facility, the group's latest effort to keep up with rising international demand for the spirit.

A storehouse will be added to the Omi Aging Cellar in Shiga Prefecture that will be able to hold approximately 40,000 barrels. Construction will start in November and the facility will be operational in May 2021. When the project is completed, Suntory will have the capacity to store roughly 1.58 million barrels of whisky at three aging locations.

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