UK: Scottish Gov't considers Scotch state of play
Representatives from Diageo and Whyte
The Scottish Parliament has held a meeting with senior members of the Scotch whisky industry today (17 March), to consider the state of the sector as well as future growth opportunities.
Speaking to just-drinks today, a spokesperson for Diageo confirmed that the company's managing director of supply in Scotland, Bryan Donaghey, attended the meeting this morning, along with John Beard, the CEO of Whyte & Mackay, as well as a delegation from the Scotch Whisky Association.
The meeting was called and chaired by the Economy Committee of the Scottish Parliament, after a disruptive year for the Scotch whisky industry, which has seen job losses and site closures in the last 12 months.
Donaghey provided an update on Diageo's restructure programme in Scotland, while a round-table session considered the situation facing Scotch producers not only in Scotland and the UK, but also globally.
Beard's appearance this morning follows his warning last week to the parliament's health committee that Whyte & Mackay may "cease to exist" if Scotland's Government pushes ahead with plans to introduce a minimum price on alcoholic drinks.
The Economy Committee is now expected to consider the evidence from today before making recommendations to the Scottish Parliament, although there is no fixed timescale for this.
Is beer good for you? The health benefits and drawbacks of beer have long been studied and debated. But is beer good for your country? Most definitely, conclude Larry Nelson and Frank Zappa....
William Grant & Sons' UK distribution, sales and marketing unit, First Drinks, has appointed a new marketing director....
- Five ways small brands can beat big players
- Will Coca-Cola Co’s Dunkin’ Donuts move pay off?
- Heineken's Q3 2016 results - Preview
- Interview, Bulldog Gin CEO Anshuman Vohra, Pt II
- Analysts upbeat on Pernod Ricard's US success
- Diageo weathers Thailand alcohol ban
- SWA's David Frost to leave for foreign office role
- Stock Spirits appointments provoke investor unrest
- Seedlip eyes global growth with export deal
- Altria raises Anheuser-Busch InBev holding
- Global gin insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global Scotch whisky insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global rum insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global Wine Market 2016-2020
- Global RTD insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends