Diageo has inaugurated a new Innovation and Research Centre in Scotland as part of its investment in the sustainable growth of the distilling industry.
Located in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, the £6.4 million laboratory will be the new home for Diageo’s teams working on science, technology and innovation projects across the drinks industry supply chain.
Diageo said the teams based at the site “will play a leading role in driving innovation in sustainability from grain-to-glass, including distillation, maturation, packaging and logistics”.
The new building is adjacent to the company’s existing International Technical Centre.
“For over a century we have been at the forefront of scientific and technological advances in the distilling industry and with these state-of-the-art facilities we are now investing in the next 100 years of innovation and growth,” said David Cutter, Diageo global president for supply and procurement and chief sustainability officer.
“We have exceptionally talented people and these new laboratories provide a great environment for them to do their best work. We are particularly excited about the opportunity to lead the next generation of research into sustainability throughout our supply chain for the future.”
The centre was opened by Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham. “I particularly welcome its commitment to environmental sustainability, which has included a £100 million investment in renewable energy facilities,” she said.
“Our journey towards becoming a net-zero society will require us all – governments, businesses communities and individuals – to work together to end Scotland’s contribution to climate change whilst seizing the economic opportunities that this will create.”
Earlier this year, Diageo announced plans to move its global headquarters from its current building in Park Royal, London, to a new home in the centre of the capital. The move will take place in the spring of 2021.
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