IC Filling Systems Customer scoops top award
On Friday evening in Hobart, Hellyer's went back to back, again winning the Small Business award, but to cap off a wonderful outcome for Hellyers Road Distillery, they were also announced as Tasmania's overall champion export business!
Master distiller, Mark Littler, along with Chairman, Neville Latimer, were there to accept the awards, the major award being presented by State Government minister, Elise Archer, pictured above with Mark.
"We were hopeful of being successful in the Small Business category again this year but to be presented with the award as Tasmania's foremost export business was quite overwhelming", Mark said.
"When one thinks of the many hard-working and successful businesses that operate in Tasmania and compete on the world stage, this award is truly a great honour. While our whisky distillery is the largest operation in Australia it is still a relative minnow in a massive global industry".
"Nonetheless, our brand is now becoming very well recognised in Europe and as a result sales are growing. We have gone from sending one pallet of whisky to Europe each year to sending two container loads in the past 12 months. Our wonderfully supportive European distributors, La Maison du Whisky have recently indicated to us that they expect their annual order to be four to five containers within the next few years. We have a lot of whisky to make between now and then!"
Mark Littler was glowing in his praise of the people who have helped drive the distillery's export success. "Internally we have a great team who works very hard and receives the full backing of an enthusiastic board and company shareholders. On the outside, we have been able to align the business with some highly skilled distribution partners such as La Maison du Whisky and their affiliates, Symposion in Sweden, Ferrand Deutschland in Germany, Ultra-Premium Brands of the Czech Republic, Vault Fine Spirits-India and Serdis Centre De Gros in New Caledonia. In Japan we enjoy a wonderful relationship with Toa Shoji Ltd. Of course, we should not understate the selling power of our quality single malt whiskies which has been a strong determinant in our growth and recent global success", he concluded.
Hellyers Road Distillery produces single malt whisky in northern Tasmania near Havenview.
Hellyers Road will shortly be installing their new bottling line from IC Filling Systems for whisky and vodka.
A special finish of the filler in AISI 316L stainless steel with a sprayballs cleaning system allows Hellyers Road Distillery to also fill Whisky Cream Liqueurs.
The new bottling line is capable of producing 1,500 bottles per hour on 700 ml round bottles, and will fill from 50 ml miniatures to 1 litre bottles. In total, 7 different bottle formats will be handled. The filler is configured as a 12 rinser, 12 filling valves, and single head metal ROPP capper, plus a single head T cork capper.
A combi unit will apply both the tin capsules and also 2 labels on the round bottles with a date coder incorporated into the labelling machine, and a carton former with a carton sealer with a manual packing area complete the line, which will allow Hellyer's Road to double their bottling speed.