Diageo has declined to confirm or deny a report that it plans to cut up to 250 jobs across its Scotch whisky business.

The drinks giant, which is Scotland's largest whisky distiller, may cut up to 250 jobs as part of its announced restructuring programme this year, according to a report in the Scotsman newspaper yesterday (29 March), not citing sources.

Diageo announced at its first half results conference earlier this year that it would launch a restructuring programme in its second half-year to save GBP100m annually. The plan is set to include a number of job losses across the firm's global business.

When contacted by just-drinks today, a Diageo spokesperson declined to put a specific figure on the number of job losses anticipated.

The group said: "We are committed to the principle that our employees and their representatives will understand the impact of our restructuring programme on their jobs first, and that we will observe all our obligations in respect of consultation which may apply in a given jurisdiction."