Guinness UDV, part of global drinks giant Diageo is to invest £13m (US$18.6m) into expanding its Leven bottling plant in Scotland, for brands like Smirnoff Ice and Archers Aqua.

Claiming sales of Smirnoff Ice and Archers Aqua have been exceeding company expectations since their introduction, the investment will give Leven a capacity to produce 250m bottles of the company's leading brands.

Allan Burns, Guinness UDV's supply director said: "This is a critical investment for our business here in Scotland and this is recognised by the Scottish Executive which is supporting the initiative with a regional selective assistance grant.

"This investment reflects the company's belief in the continuing growth potential of ready to drink (RTD) products.

"This innovative development will broaden our range of skills beyond our well-established spirits production base and will allow us to create up to 70 new, highly skilled jobs in Fife," he added.

Following a £50m investment four years ago, which saw all the company's UK spirits production in Scotland consolidated, the Leven plant changed from traditional Scotch whisky bottling to packaging premium white spirits.