Grangemouth’s Whyte and Mackay bottling plant will remain open

MSP Angus MacDonald celebrates the good news outside Whyte and Mackay's Grangemouth site
MSP Angus MacDonald celebrates the good news outside Whyte and Mackay's Grangemouth site
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Fears surrounding the future of a local Whyte and Mackay bottling plan were laid to rest after it was confirmed this week the site will remain open.

In May the Glasgow-based spirits manufacturer was purchased by Philippines firm Emperador Inc. for £430 million, which led to concerns over the status of Whyte and Mackay’s Grangemouth plant, which employs 150 people.

Falkirk East MSP Angus MSP MacDonald has been in talks with Emperador to ensure the local site would remain operational and welcomed confirmation this would indeed be the case.

He said: “Whisky production is a strong component of the Scottish economy and around 10,000 people are directly employed by the Scotch Whisky industry. Whyte and Mackay is a valued employer in the community and it is good to know efforts to keep them in Grangemouth have been successful.

“Worldwide demand for whisky is expected to significantly increase over the next two years as BRIC countries, Brazil, India and China, continue to develop a taste for Scotland’s national drink, and I would expect the Whyte and Mackay plant in Grangemouth to play its part in that expansion.”