Diageo to cut jobs at Relay plant in Maryland, US

Diageo to cut jobs at Relay plant in Maryland, US

Diageo is set to cut up to 55 jobs as part of a restructuring at its production and bottling facility in the US state of Maryland.

Diageo confirmed to just-drinks today (3 June) that it the employees impacted will be from the bottling operations at its 'special products' building at the Relay facility in Maryland by the end of August.

"Diageo’s long-term vision for its facility in Relay, Maryland is to transform it into one of Diageo’s most efficient, cost effective production bottling sites, increasing speed to market for the company’s innovations and core spirits brands," said a spokesperson for the Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker distiller.

"Diageo has not taken this decision lightly," the spokesperson said. "However, ultimately this is the right move to ensure a sustainable future for the business."

Last week, Diageo announced that it has launched an internal review of its global operations, amid ongoing economic weakness in many western markets.