Irish Distillers has announced that it will invest €250 million to build a new distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork.
The distillery noted that it will produce some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, including Jameson, Powers, Redbreast, Midleton Very Rare, the Spot family and Method and Madness.
The new distillery will be situated on a 55-acre site adjacent and connected to the world-famous Midleton Distillery.
Subject to a successful planning application and meeting all licensing requirements, the new distillery will distil pot still and grain whiskey with grain intake, brewing, fermentation, and distillation facilities incorporated into the new 55-acre site, Irish Distillers added.
The new distillery is expected to generate up to 100 highly skilled new jobs for the region over time once the distillery is operational in 2025, and circa 800 jobs during the construction phase.
Speaking at the announcement, Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, said, “The continued success of the Irish whiskey industry is something that we can be incredibly proud of as a nation. Irish Distillers has played an integral role in the development of the industry.
"Whiskey has been distilled in Midleton for nearly 200 years, and the €250 million investment will deliver hundreds of more jobs into the future, both during construction and once the distillery is operational."
Irish Distillers recently announced plans to invest €50 million to fund projects aimed at transforming Midleton Distillery into a carbon neutral operation by the end of 2026 by leveraging breakthrough emissions reducing technology to reduce energy use.
In line with Irish Distillers’ ambition, the new distillery will also be a carbon neutral operation.
The new site will also incorporate various environmental projects which will be developed in order to enhance biodiversity and protect local wildlife.
An expanded distilling capacity is expected to increase Midleton Distillery’s requirement for barley and malted barley by up to 50%, which the company intends to source from Irish farmers.
Nodjame Fouad, chairman and CEO at Irish Distillers, commented, “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.”
Planning Permission Submission
The Irish Distillers project team is partnering with engineering and architecture consultancy firm Arup on the initial design and with Harry Walsh Associates on the planning application, the whiskey-maker said.
Irish Distillers highlighted that it is engaging with all relevant stakeholders and consulting with community groups in the locality as part of the pre-planning process.
A planning application is expected to be submitted to Cork County Council towards the end of 2022 and, if successful, construction will commence in 2023 with plans for the distillery to be operational in 2025.