DIAGEO has been hailed for its contribution to Scottish society during a visit to its Levenmouth sites by Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary John Swinney.
Mr Swinney, the Cabinet Secretary for finance, employment and sustainable growth, visited Cameronbridge and Leven to learn more about the company’s investments in distilling, packaging and warehousing in the area.
During the visit, Brian Donaghey, managing director of Diageo Scotland, welcomed the Cabinet Secretary to the sites and briefed him on the company’s operations and plans for further investment in the area in the shape of a major new bonded warehousing complex at Begg Farm near Kirkcaldy.
The visit follows the recent announcement by Diageo to invest £1 billion over the next five years in increasing Scotch whisky production in Scotland.
Mr Swinney said: “Scotland’s food and drink industry makes an important contribution to our economy in both sales and employment, right across the country.
“Diageo continues to be one of the country’s leading drink manufacturers and employers, and I welcome its commitment to invest £1bn in Scotland over the next five years.
“Its investment in distilling, packaging and warehousing, which I have seen during my visit, demonstrates its commitment to capitalising on the success of this vibrant, growing sector from its Fife facilities.”
In recent years, Cameronbridge Distillery has benefited from over £100 million of investment to expand production capacity and to build a new state-of-the-art bioenergy plant on-site.
The Leven packaging plant has seen £86 million invested in building a new bottling hall and a further £5 million in the construction of a packaging area.