Irish Distillers will invest €250 million in a new distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork.
The announcement follows the company’s plans to build a major new distillery to meet growing demand for its whiskey products, first announced by the Irish Independent in 2018.
The new distillery will be built on 55 acres of land adjacent to and connected to the existing Midleton Distillery.
In 2011, Irish Distillers owner Pernod Ricard announced a €100 million investment in Midleton to boost Jameson production.
The company expects the new distillery to be operational in 2025.
Irish Distillers expects the move to create up to 100 jobs in the area as the new site will produce a range of Irish whiskeys including the Jameson, Powers and Redbreast brands.
The company also anticipates that the new site will create an additional 800 jobs during the construction phase.
According to Irish Distillers, demand for barley and malted barley will increase by up to 50 percent. The company said it hopes to source the increased barley volumes from Irish farmers.
A planning application for the new facility is expected to be submitted to Cork County Council towards the end of the year, with construction possibly commencing next year, subject to planning and approval.
“The new distillery will serve to further demonstrate our commitment to Midleton and East Cork, create more jobs for the region and further advance Midleton Distillery’s recognition as the beating heart of Irish whiskey,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Nodjame Fouad .
“Whiskey has been distilled in Midleton for almost 200 years and as such it has always been our desire to secure the future of distilling in East Cork,” added Operations Manager Tommy Keane.
A record 10.4 million cases of Jameson were sold in the year ended June 30 – nearly half of them in the US, according to full-year results released by Irish Distillers last week. Jameson’s sales in Ireland grew by a fifth over the same period, helped by the return of Tourism and Travel, by far the group’s most popular Irish whiskey brand, but also premium lines such as Redbreast, Midleton Very Rare and the Spot ranges rose.
Overall, Irish whiskey was the third fastest growing category in the US in 2021, selling around 5.9 million 9-liter cases
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