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Diageo is the world’s largest producer of Scotch whisky

Greater than 100 jobs might go at Diageo bottling crops in Glasgow and Fife, with plans by the drinks large to maneuver some packaging to Italy.

Seventy jobs are anticipated to go at Shieldhall by the top of the yr and 35 at Leven, until new bottling contracts could be received.

Diageo’s bottling plant in Italy is operating beneath capability after it disposed of its wine enterprise.

Unions on the primary distiller of Scotch whisky strongly criticised the transfer.

Unite mentioned it was a “stunning betrayal of Scottish employees” and the GMB mentioned it was linked to the financial uncertainties arising from Brexit.

However Diageo mentioned it adopted a evaluation of its spirits bottling enterprise to make sure the corporate delivered “main efficiency” in home and export provide chains.

A spokesman added: “Regrettably, these adjustments could affect some roles in our European bottling crops in direction of the top of the yr and we’ll now enter a interval of session with our workers and their representatives to debate the proposals in additional element.

“We’re dedicated to our three spirits bottling websites in Europe – two in Scotland and one in Italy.

“The outcomes of this evaluation will guarantee we now have the flexibleness to reply to elevated competitors and exterior volatility, alongside testing and constructing the aptitude we want throughout our world provide chain to develop our manufacturers.”

There are at present 500 employees at Shieldhall, in south-west Glasgow, and 800 at Leven in Fife.

Cupboard Secretary for Finance Derek Mackay mentioned Diageo’s announcement was “deeply disappointing information”.

He mentioned: “Scottish Enterprise is partaking with the corporate to discover all attainable choices for supporting these affected, and we’ll work with the corporate to safeguard Scottish jobs.

“If any redundancies proceed, by means of our initiative for responding to redundancy conditions, Partnership Motion for Persevering with Employment, we’ll present expertise growth and employability assist to minimise the time that people affected are out of labor.”