The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. officially ‘turned the sod’ on the new Tullamore pot still whiskey and malt whiskey distillery today. The new William Grant & Sons distillery will open in autumn 2014 and bring whiskey production back to the town 60 years after the original distillery closed in 1954.
The €35 million investment will meet the export demands for the world’s second largest Irish whiskey brand, which is growing by 20% annually. The 58-acre site in Clonminch, Tullamore, will create up to 200 jobs for construction company Dunne (BCE) Ltd at peak construction phases.
Minister Coveney said, “I would like to commend William Grant & Sons for its commitment to the town of Tullamore where it is investing significantly to ensure that Tullamore D.E.W. is coming back to its roots.” Tullamore D.E.W. has doubled worldwide sales to almost 850,000 (9L) cases since 2005. The initial capacity of the pot still and malt distillery will be 1.84 million litres or 1.5 million cases per annum, with scope to increase over time.
Pictured: Simon Coveney, T.D. and Stella David, William Grant & Sons' chief executive.
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