Diageo Leven celebrates 50th anniversary

Jenny Gilruth MSP with employees at Diageo Leven

THE Diageo Leven packaging plant in Fife has celebrated 50 years of bottling many of the world’s most famous and popular spirits brands.

The half-century was marked by a visit from local Member of the Scottish Parliament Jenny Gilruth who toured the site and met employees to congratulate them on the anniversary.

Leven is Diageo’s largest packaging plant in the world, responsible for producing iconic brands such as Tanqueray, Gordon’s, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Johnnie Walker, Talisker and Lagavulin, which are exported to 180 countries around the world.

While visiting the site for the celebration, Ms Gilruth met Neil Crichton the longest serving employee who has worked at the site for 40 years, Anrei Carlov and Lauren Ferguson who only started work at there last week, and Neve McDade a second-year electrical engineering apprentice, before addressing a gathering of employees.

Stuart Galbraith, Diageo Leven Site Director, said: “We are proud of everything Diageo Leven has achieved in its 50 years of bottling some of the world’s most famous and popular brands, and we want to thank everyone who works at the site today and who has worked there over the past 50 years for all they have contributed to our success.

“We continue to build for the future development of the site and its environmental sustainability, and we look forward to the next 50 years and beyond for Diageo Leven.”

Jenny Gilruth MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, said: “It was a pleasure to visit Diageo Leven and to meet employees, from the longest serving to those who have only recently started, and the site’s apprentices. Diageo Leven is an important employer in my constituency and I was delighted to share in the celebration of this fantastic milestone.

“I wish everyone at Diageo Leven a happy anniversary and all the best for the future.”

Ms Gilruth was presented with a special 50th anniversary bottle of Tanqueray during the visit. Each of the site’s employees is also receiving one of the bottles as a memento of the 50th year.

The first bottles were filled at Leven in September 1973 and has gone through a number of expansions over the years, including adding the state-of-the-art bottling hall 3 in 2012.

More recently, it has invested in sustainability, completing construction of an 8,000-panel solar array earlier this year.

Diageo Leven currently directly employs 590 people and supports a workforce of up to 1,100 jobs including contractors and third parties.

To find out more about Society 2030: Spirit of Progress, please visit: https://www.diageo.com/en/esg

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