Several bidders are in the running for Whyte & Mackay's Invergordon Distillers business and are conducting due diligence on the site, just-drinks understands.

Invergordon Distillers, which mainly produces own-label Scotch whisky for UK supermarkets, became the subject of a number of takeover offers late last year after Whyte & Mackay declared its intention to focus on its branded business.

Whyte & Mackay had planned to split the commercial functions of W&M Brands and Invergordon Distillers in order to build a branded business that includes Whyte & Mackay and Isle of Jura Scotch whiskies, as well as Vladivar vodka.

The company is looking to reduce its reliance on the low-margin production of own-label whisky for UK supermarkets, where price discounting is hitting the private-label segment.

It is understood that the company is confident it can reach agreement with one of the bidders for Invergordon Distillers but remains willing to keep and develop the business as a separate entity if none of the offers match its asking price.

India's UB Group has reportedly shown its interest in the business but the company refused to comment.

Whyte & Mackay also declined to comment on the potential sale of Invergordon Distillers.