Growing global demand for Irish whiskey will be met by a new state-of-the-art €250 million distillery in Cork.
rish Distillers has confirmed that it will invest 250 million euros in a new distillery in Midleton, east Cork, which will complement its historic distillery on the same site and which now ranks among the main tourist attractions in Ireland.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has unveiled the project which he says has huge economic and tourism benefits for Cork and Ireland.
“The continued success of the Irish whiskey industry is something we can be incredibly proud of as a nation,” he said.
“Irish Distillers has played a vital role in the development of the industry. Whiskey has been distilled in Midleton for nearly 200 years, and the £250 million investment will create hundreds of additional jobs in the future, both during construction and once the distillery is operational. .”
“Today’s announcement is a hugely positive development for Midleton and the wider region, and will further enhance Midleton’s reputation as the birthplace of Irish whiskey.”
The Taoiseach said Irish whiskey is now tapping into its huge export potential with huge benefits for the economy.
Irish Distillers chief executive Nodjame Fouad said it was a historic day for the business.
“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 that will be a carbon neutral operation.”
“We are immensely proud of the continued strong performance of our comprehensive 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 historic development with sustainability at its heart and will serve to further demonstrate our commitment to Midleton and East Cork, generating more jobs for the area and reinforcing Midleton Distillery’s recognition as a beating heart Irish whiskey.
The distillery will create 100 new jobs when fully operational by 2025.
During the construction phase, the project will support 800 jobs.
The new distillery will produce some of the world’s most popular Irish whiskey brands including Jameson, Powers, Redbreast, Midleton Very Rare, the Spot family as well as Method and Madness.
Over the past decade, Jameson has become the fastest growing spirits brand in global markets.
The new distillery will be located on a 55-acre site adjacent to and connected to the famous Midleton Distillery.
Planning for the new development will shortly be lodged with Cork Co Council.
It is hoped to start construction work, once planning is complete, in 2023 with a target of commissioning the plant in 2025.
The distillery will produce a pot still and grain whiskey with grain tapping, brewing, fermentation and distillation facilities integrated into the new 55-acre site.
Irish Distillers previously announced plans to invest €50 million to fund plans to transform Midleton Distillery into a carbon neutral operation by the end of 2026.
When fully operational, the Midleton Distillery will increase demand for Irish barley by more than 50%.