AN INVITE has been given for two new whisky chiefs to visit Speyside.
Moray MP Angus Robertson and MSP Richard Lochhead have issued the invitations to the chief executives of drinks giants Diageo and Chivas Brothers.
The invitations follow a recent meeting with senior managers from Edrington Group who outlined their plans for an iconic £100m development of their Macallan distillery in Speyside.
Both Ivan Menezes of Diageo and Laurent Lacassagne of Chivas Brothers took up their chief executive posts in July 2013.
Planned discussions with the company heads follows round table discussions involving both firms organised by Angus Robertson MP in 2009 aimed at coordinating future plans for the industry, economic and transport development in the region and the promotion of Speyside and brands of Scotch whisky produced in Speyside.
Mr Robertson, who is vice-chairman of the Westminster Parliament’s Whisky Industry Group said: "Speyside is the foremost malt-whisky producing region of Scotland and there is a great future for the brands produced here.
"Given the importance of Speyside to both Diageo and Pernod Ricard, which owns Chivas Brothers, I’m sure their senior management will be delighted to take part."
Mr Lochhead, who is Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and responsible for the food and drink sector added: "Speyside is one of the leading drink and food regions in the world, and we must aspire to match regions such as Champagne, Rioja and Napa Valley."