Irish Distillers to invest over €10m to increase production capacity at Midleton Distillery
Irish Distillers, the makers of Jameson whiskey, have announced plans for a €10.5 million investment at their Midleton Distillery in Cork which will see the company increase its single pot still Irish whiskey production capacity by over 30%.
Three new copper pot stills will be installed at Midleton Distillery, which Irish Distillers hopes will help to continue the Irish whiskey renaissance and support the Irish Whiskey Association’s target of global growth of 300% by 2030.
The three copper pot stills, handmade by master coppersmiths Forsyth’s of Scotland and weighing a combined 24 tonnes, were delivered to Midleton Distillery last night. Each still has a capacity of over 75,000 litres. Installation has now commenced, with 60 jobs being supported during the construction phase. The stills are expected to be operational by June 2017.
Irish whiskey is the fastest growing premium spirit globally and Irish Distillers has invested heavily to drive this growth in recent years.
Since 2012, it has invested €120 million in the Midleton Distillery, €20 million at its Fox and Geese bottling facility in Dublin and is currently investing €100 million at its Dungourney maturation site.
In August 2016, the company also announced an €11 million redevelopment project at the Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield, which is due to reopen in March of this year
“Irish whiskey continues to enjoy phenomenal global growth, led by Jameson with sales of 5.7 million cases in 2016,” said Jean-Christophe Coutures, Chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers.
“Irish Distillers has been driving the growth of the category since 1988, a commitment further underpinned by investments of over €230 million since 2012.
“With this additional investment of over €10 million at Midleton Distillery, the home of Irish whiskey, we will ensure that we are positioned to meet growing global demand and support the growth of Irish whiskey in the international spirits category.
“We are seeing growth accelerating across Jameson and the wider Single Pot Still Irish whiskey range, such as Redbreast and Green Spot, and we will continue to direct our focus for growth here. With our increased production capacity, we are confident that the category will hit the ambitious targets set by the Irish Whiskey Association – increasing exports to 12 million cases by 2020 and 24 million cases by 2030.”
The investment should also have a positive effect on the wider Cork economy.
“All our barley comes from farms located within 100 miles of Midleton Distillery, supporting families who have produced barley for centuries,” said Paul Wickham, General Manager of Midleton Distillery.
“Using unmalted barley is a long-standing tradition of Irish whiskey and one which Irish Distillers continues, believing it contributes to the smooth characteristics of our products.
“At present, we spend €60 million annually on cereals, energy, capital projects and payroll in the local economy and this will increase with the installation of these new stills.”