Scottish Trade Minister Ivan McKee visited Diageo’s Leven packaging plant in Fife yesterday (Tuesday 13th August) to present the company’s top global manufacturing award to the team there.
Mr McKee and local MSP Jenny Gilruth toured the plant and handed over two trophies to mark Leven being named Diageo’s top performing manufacturing site in the last financial year.
Each year, Diageo celebrates the performance of its production business globally through the Excellence in Supply Chain Awards, with a total of 154 production sites in 26 countries around the world – including packaging plants, distilleries, breweries, warehousing sites, cooperages and coppersmiths – competing for the top accolades.
Scotland is one of Diageo’s largest spirit supply centres responsible for producing nearly 50 million cases of leading brands of Scotch whisky and white spirits annually.
In the financial year to the end of June 2019 Leven was named ‘Packaging Plant of the Year’ and ‘Site of the Year’ in recognition of performance across a range of measures including productivity and health & safety.
Presenting the award, Mr McKee said: “It was a pleasure to visit Leven, to meet the people and to present them with the award as Diageo’s leading global supply chain site.
“Growing global exports is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s economic ambitions and I was delighted to learn more about the contribution Diageo’s Leven packaging plant is making to that goal.”
Ms Gilruth MSP said: “Diageo Leven is a major employer in my constituency and it is wonderful to see it being recognised at a global level for the excellent work the people here do. Congratulations go to everyone who works at Leven on this terrific achievement.”
Commenting on behalf of Diageo, Leven Operations Director Gavin Brogan said: “It is a great source of pride for everyone at Leven to be named Diageo’s top supply chain site for the past year.
“It is recognition of the hard work and commitment of everyone at the site to driving continuous improvement in our performance to make us a truly world class manufacturing plant.”