>Reading this and the other similar stories, I wonder when it will end and what the long term impact the job cuts will have on the industry. If the Japanese distillery owners are clever, they can pickup some great talent. Made in Japan, by Scotsmen?
“Whisky producer Whyte & Mackay has confirmed plans to cut dozens of jobs at sites across Scotland.
Up to 85 posts will be lost, with another 15 overseas sales staff facing the axe. A month-long consultation and review of operations is under way.
Whyte and Mackay has plants in the west of Scotland, Highlands and Grangemouth, but no site is facing closure. The firm blamed the economic downturn.
The GMB union said the move was “bitterly disappointing”.
The cuts come just weeks after drinks giant Diageo said it was cutting 900 whisky jobs.
Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya bought Whyte & Mackay in a £595m ($1.2bn) deal in May 2007, posting pre-tax profits of £25.6m for the 18 months to the end of March last year.
The firm currently employs 574 people across its seven sites in Scotland, including its Glasgow city centre headquarters, the Invergordon Distillery and its bottling factory in Grangemouth.
It is understood the job losses could include 30 in Invergordon, two at Dalmore and two on Jura.”