Fife Diageo bottling plant officially opens
19th November 2012
The Fife whisky bottling plant that replaced much of the capacity lost when the Johnnie Walker plant closed in Kilmarnock has been officially opened
At Diageo's Leven plant near Kirkcaldy, Tricia Marwick, the Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer and local MSP, performed the ceremony.
One shift from the 400 staff at the new bottling hall were invited to attend.
The £86m project includes six bottling lines, in addition to the existing capacity at a neighbouring hall.
The plant is also used for Diageo's vodka and gin brands.
The new Leven hall has been full operational since July, packaging more than 5.2m cases. With maximum orders ahead of the festive season, the site is currently producing more than one million per week.
In addition to the 900 full-time workers, it's taken on another 350 temporary staff to meet peak demand.
The new plant is bottling Johnnie Walker, Old Parr, Dimple, Cardhu and The Singleton single malt.
Attached to the hall is a luxury products facility for packaging the widening range of premium whiskies.
Ms Marwick commented: "Diageo's investment of more than £200m represents security for a first class workforce and a vital manufacturing base".