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Monday, 2 April, 2001, 12:11 GMT 13:11 UK
Drambuie plant to shut in merger
Glenmorangie label
Production will be centred at the Glenmorangie plant
A Scottish liqueur producer is closing a bottling plant employing 100 people to launch a joint venture with a whisky firm.

The Edinburgh-based Drambuie Liqueur Company is to shut its plant at Kirkliston in West Lothian over the next six months.

A spokesman said it was "too early" to say if there would be job losses among the factory's workforce.

Whisky being bottled
Bottling will be carried out at Broxburn
The company is now planning a joint venture with Glenmorangie, which will see production centred at the distiller's Broxburn site.

Drambuie and Glenmorangie are both long-established independent family companies and their sites are within a few miles of each other.

The new venture, to be called Glenaird, will be operational by July.

It will cater for the supply requirements of both companies, from whisky sourcing to bottling, warehousing and logistics.

A Drambuie spokesman said: "It is going to take something like six months to integrate the two operations and the Kirkliston plant will close in due course.

Strategic objective

"Over this period Drambuie will be talking to those employees about the move and about new opportunities in the new venture."

Glenmorangie chief executive Paul Neep said: "The formation of Glenaird addresses one of our key strategic objectives - that of making the best use of our assets."

Stuart Jeffray, director of corporate affairs for Drambuie, added: "We have gained access to a state of the art bottling company which produces premium brands and there are economies to be achieved in this new venture."

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