Diageo Opens New Innovation & Research Centre in Scotland – Scotch Whisky news

Diageo opens new innovation & research centre in Scotland

We’ve officially opened the doors of a new state-of-the-art Innovation and Research Centre in Scotland as part of our investment in the sustainable growth of the distilling industry.

The new £6.4 million laboratory will be the new home for our teams working on science, technology and innovation projects across the drinks industry supply chain.

Opened by Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform, the new building is adjacent to the company’s existing International Technical Centre in a location with more than a century of leadership in industrial innovation, dating back to the Glenochil Research Station which pioneered the scientific study of Scotch whisky distilling in the early 20th Century.

Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform learning about Scotch whisky blending with Diageo whisky specialist George Harper

The teams based at the Innovation and Research Centre will play a leading role in driving innovation in sustainability from grain-to-glass, including distillation, maturation, packaging and logistics.

“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. 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.”

David Cutter

Global President for Supply & Procurement and Chief Sustainability Officer

“I particularly welcome its commitment to environmental sustainability, which has included a £100 million investment in renewable energy facilities. 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 creates.”

Roseanna Cunningham

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform

The new laboratory builds on our extensive footprint in Clackmannanshire, which includes our largest warehousing site (Blackgrange), cooperage (Cambus), coppersmiths (Abercrombie in Alloa) and global brand archive (Menstrie). It also builds on a remarkable heritage of innovation in the whisky industry at the location in Menstrie.

Diageo heritage of innovation and scientific research in Scotland:

1897: Distillers Company Limited (DCL) employs its first analytical chemist

1903: experimental yeast making plant established at Glenochil Distillery, Menstrie (the same site as today’s Innovation & Research Centre)

1911: DCL establishes first laboratory at the Glenochil site.

1925: Glenochil laboratory employing 10 full time staff to provide analytical support to distilling business.

1948: Yeast Research Outstation established at Glenochil.

1949: Magnus Pyke joins DCL as Deputy Manager of Yeast Research Outstation

1955: laboratory and research facilities renamed Glenochil Research Station; Magnus Pyke appointed as Manager.

1973: Magnus Pyke retires from DCL and goes on to develop career as the first TV science.

1997: Diageo created; laboratories renamed Diageo Technical Centre leading research across all areas of supply chain.

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