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Published:  23 July, 2008

Troubled distiller Whyte & Mackay has confirmed that it will be closing its Leith bottling plant with the loss of over one hundred jobs. The company announced earlier this year that it would have to close one of its two plants (the other being Grangemouth) but was until now tight-lipped over which plant was facing the chop. Around 20 million will apparently be spent on updating the Grangemouth site. The company, formerly know as Kyndal Spirits, also said it is looking at the options for outsourcing production of white spirits where production in Scotland carries no premium'. A spokesman confirmed that its flagship vodka brand, Vladivar, was among those whose production may be outsourced. Vivian Imerman, chief executive and chairman of Whyte & Mackay, said the decision to close the Leith plant was based on a number of social and economic factors' such as land values, long-term sustainability and transport links. We will do everything in our power to help find new employment opportunities for those who are regrettably affected. The overall redundancy figures within the company will remain well within the already announced reduction from 700 to 500 employees.'