Whisky makers upbeat about future despite 1,000 job cuts

By Keith Findlay

Published: 06/08/2009

Scotch whisky makers still have a bright future despite the double blow of up to 1,000 job cuts, the industry insisted yesterday.

The mood at many firms was upbeat as they looked beyond the current economic turmoil to the longer-term prospects for the nation’s national drink.

Diageo, the company behind Johnnie Walker, Bell’s and other whiskies, said last month it was cutting up to 900 jobs and provoked outrage by announcing the closure of its bottling plant at Kilmarnock.

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