A state of the art brewery, ‘Brewhouse No.4’ at St. James’s Gate, Dublin was officially opened yesterday by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Diageo PLC CEO, Ivan Menezes.
‘Brewhouse No.4’ is the largest stout brewery in the world and is also reputed to be the most technologically-advanced and environmentally sustainable.
Commenting, An Taoiseach said: "Ireland has a worldwide reputation for quality food and drink production and this new €169 million investment in the heart of Dublin will help contribute to our export led recovery. St. James Gate has a long history of supporting local jobs while sending iconic Irish brands around the world."
His comments were echoed by Ivan Menezes, Diageo CEO, who said, “This is a great day for Diageo and a great day for Guinness, one of the most iconic brands, not just in Ireland, but around the world. Our decision back in late 2011 to invest in St James’s Gate, represented a €169 million vote of confidence by Diageo in Guinness and in our beer business. It also represented a major vote of confidence in the Irish economy itself."
Brewhouse No.4 amalgamates all of Diageo’s brewing operations into St James Gate, which Meneze explains will ensure “the long term sustainability and global competitiveness of our brewing operations. Brewhouse No.4 will support the growth in our exports’ market and Diageo’s ambitions for further growth.”
Diageo currently exports over €1 billion in product from St James’s Gate to over 130 countries.