Article Courtesy of The Times£210k funding for whisky industry workplace project A Project to improve productivity and the working environment in the Scotch whisky industry is to get £210,000 of Government funding.
Employment Relations Minister Gerry Sutcliffe announced the award, from the Government's Partnership Fund, yesterday.
Diageo says in its defence that it hasnt described it as single malt, but as pure malt, which means something different.
It does, if you are party to the arcane world of whisky nomenclature, but most folk could be forgiven for not seeing much difference.
West LBs plans to sell its stake have been bubbling since August.
Imerman, as chief shareholder, was always expected to be given preemptive rights, or first call, over West LBs stake when it becomes available.
That is until the last few weeks, with the Cardhu malt scandal. There is the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), which swung into action last week when Gordon Brown, the chancellor, proposed to stamp whisky bottles to beat tax evasion, which could cost the industry £280m annually.
Diageo, the giant drinks company which owns the brand, has been at odds with the rest of the industry over its intention to continue to market Cardhu as a pure malt instead of a single malt. A lot of heat has been generated, but not much light. But it is a trade body composed of volunteers from the whisky companies.
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