Behind West Jutland’s Stauning Whisky distillery lies a great love for quality and a strong will to do things properly. These values also apply when it comes to cleaning. The company’s multi-award-winning whisky began life as a hobby project run by a group of whisky lovers from the back room of their local butcher’s shop back in 2006. In 2019, the company expects to produce nearly 900,000 litres of its exclusive tipple, which enjoys widespread recognition among international whiskey lovers.
“A specialized product like ours requires a special solution for cleaning – and we have found that by working with Nilfisk,” said Henning Svoldgaard, one of the company’s co-founders.
“For example, as the only distillery in Denmark, we paint the rye we use in the production. We work with a traditional floor painting system, with the grain spread out on up to 50-metre-long paths directly on the floor. When the floors have to be cleaned between the maltings, we manage it quickly and efficiently with our high-pressure cleaner and floor washer, avoiding wasted time so we can move forward with production.”
Reliable cleaning in challenging spaces
The distillery is a challenge to clean. Today it is located on an old, completely renovated farm of about 500sqm, with beautiful copper pot stills where the whiskey is distilled over an open fire, and a cellar with large, heavy oak barrels.
“We need machines that are easy to maneuver and that can get around in the very limited space,” said Henning, “And Nilfisk’s SC100 fits perfectly. It is the same issue when we have to clean our tanks and stills – the high-pressure cleaner's compact and ergonomic design is popular with our employees.”
“We originally chose Nilfisk because they are well-known for their high quality and easy-to-use products. And we have certainly not been disappointed. All machines work flawlessly and have an intuitive operation that makes it easy and safe for our employees to use them. If there has been a rare problem with them, we have immediately solved the problem so that we could quickly get on with the production. Time for us is a crucial factor as we work with living processes which we cannot stop if a cleaning machine breaks down.”
Success breeds success
The success of the small distillery means that the company plans to expand its production and build completely new, architect-designed production buildings. The five new buildings are expected to be ready in early 2019 and will have a total area of 4,000 sqm, which will include facilities for malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation, storage and dish and bottle filling. Here too, quality and details have the highest priority – and here too, Nilfisk's machines will be in operation.
”We need more cleaning machines for our new buildings, and we only have good reasons to continue the partnership with Nilfisk.” Henning Svoldgaard says.