1955 - the Distillery was taken over by
Joseph Hobbs, with it then being used to
produce Malt and Grain Whisky.
Joseph Hobbs had moved with his family from
England to Canada in 1904, to run a ranch in
the Calgary area. During the US Prohibition
(1920-33), when selling alcohol in the US was
illegal, Hobbs began smuggling Spirits across
Lake Ontario into the US.
The Great Depression in the US and Canada
led to Hobbs returning to the UK in the 1920s.
He then began investing in the Whisky trade in
Scotland, taking over Ben Nevis, Bruichladdich,
Glenury, Glenkinchie, and Hillside
1981 - Whitbread & Co took control of the
Ben Nevis Distillery.
1989 - the Japanese company Nikka Japan took
control of the Ben Nevis Distillery, leading to
about one-third of the Spirit being exported to
Japan to be used in their Nikka Black
1991 - the Visitor Centre and Cafe was