Chivas Brothers is planning to close two sites in Scotland, according to press reports. The Scotsman newspaper claims today (22 November) that the move is part of a major cost-cutting exercise.

Chivas, which is owned by Pernod Ricard, has told staff that it intends to close its bottling plant in Kilwinning and its distribution depot at Linwood next year, the newspaper said.

"Chivas Brothers is proposing to close its Kilwinning bottling and Linwood distribution plants, and transfer the work to the company's other facilities at Paisley and Newbridge," a spokeswoman told the paper. "This restructuring is essential for the current and future needs of our customers and to support the continuing growth in our business."

Although the group is confident it would be able to offer alternative work to the majority of the 93 workers affected, a trade unions spokesman told the Scotsman they would work to persuade Chivas to reverse the decision.