Irish Distillers announces new Midleton Distillery investment

Irish Distillers announces new Midleton Distillery investment

The distillery is awaiting on a successful planning application, to be submitted at the end of the year,

News | 06 Sep 2022

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Irish Distillers has announced a €250 million investment plan for a new distillery in Midleton.

It will be situated adjacent and connected to the well-known Midleton Distillery, with Irish whiskeys Jameson, Powers, Redbreast, Midleton Very Rare, the Spot family and Method and Madness set to be produced there.

The distillery is awaiting on a successful planning application, to be submitted at the end of the year, and is expected to generate around 800 jobs during construction. Once operations begin at the distillery, a further 100 jobs are expected to be available.

Irish Distillers has partnered with engineering and architecture consultancy firm Arup on the initial designs, with the planning application worked on by Harry Walsh Associates.

Nodjame Fouad, Chairman and CEO at Irish Distillers said: “At Irish Distillers we are always planning for the future growth of Irish whiskey and today is a momentous day for Irish Distillers and the team at Midleton Distillery as we announce a €250 million investment plan to deliver a new, state of the art distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork which will be a carbon neutral operation. We are immensely proud of the continued strong performance of our full portfolio of Irish whiskeys, led by Jameson which sold over 10 million cases in our 2022 financial year. The new distillery will be a beautiful, landmark development with sustainability at its core and will serve to further demonstrate our commitment to Midleton and East Cork, generating more jobs for the region and further driving recognition of Midleton Distillery as the beating heart of Irish whiskey.”

Plans for Midleton"s new distillery

A €50 million investment was recently made by Irish Distillers toward Midleton Distillery’s carbon neutral plan, with the ambitious 4-year strategy aiming to eliminate scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions.

The desire for sustainability will see this new site incorporate a number of environmental projects, which are said to enhance biodiversity and protect the surrounding wildlife.

Tommy Keane, Operations Director at Irish Distillers, said: “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. Today, we are delighted to announce plans for a new distillery connected to the famed Midleton Distillery. We are incredibly proud of Midleton’s well-earned reputation as the home of some of the world’s most loved Irish whiskeys, and today’s announcement – along with the ongoing €13 million redevelopment of our visitor experience – will cement Midleton’s reputation as a world-renowned whisk(e)y destination. Through the delivery of this distillery, we also plan to play our part in supporting Ireland’s decarbonising strategy while also aligning with Pernod Ricard’s commitment to follow a Net Zero trajectory by 2050.”

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