Whisky Focus - Leven Named Diageo’s Top Performing Manufacturing Site

Leven Named Diageo’s Top Performing Manufacturing Site

14th August 2019
Scottish Trade Minister Ivan McKee visits Diageo's Leven packaging plant to present them with with the company's top global manufacturing award.

The team at Diageo's Leven Packaging Plant celebrate Global Award.

Scottish Trade Minister Ivan McKee yesterday visited Diageo’s Leven packaging plant which is located in the heart of Fife, opened back in 1973 . The plant which operates 24/7 is recognised as highly efficient and flexible packaging operation, which can respond quickly to changing demands and opportunities. The Leven site packages over 38 million cases of spirits per year (9ltr equivalent cases)

Amongst other Diageo produced spirits a number of our favourite Scotch Whisky brands are packaged at Leven, including the single malt brands such as Lagavulin, Oban, Talisker, Singleton, as well as key blended Scotch whiskies for export such as Old Parr, Windsor, Johnnie Walker Blue Label and White Horse.

Mr McKee and local MSP Jenny Gilruth were at the plant to to present the team there with Diageo's top global manufacturing award, they 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.

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.

Trade Minister Ivan McKee with Gavin Brogan Operations Director at Diageo Leven.

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."

In addition to its packing operations, the 171-acre Leven site also houses extensive warehousing for the maturation of whisky, as well as disgorging and blending facilities. Leven supplies all Diageo’s main markets across the globe including the following key markets: Western Europe, North America, Russia & Eastern Europe, Global Travel & Middle East, North Asia, South East Asia, PUB (Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil), Australasia, West LAC (Latin Caribbean), Andean

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