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Irish Distillers investing millions to expand its range

By Sean Duffy

Whiskey maker Irish Distillers is to invest €10 million (£8.6m) at its Cork facility in a move that will allow the company to increase its single pot range by 30%.

The investment will see 60 jobs created during the expansion phase of the development.

Irish Distillers said that it hopes to triple revenues between now and 2030.

The company produces the Midleton whiskey range, as well as the globally renowned Jameson brand.

It has also invested €20m (£17.3m) at its Fox and Geese bottling facility in Dublin, and is currently involved in a €100m (£86.4m) development at its Dungourney maturation site.

In August of last year the company announced an €11m (£9.5m) redevelopment project at the Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield, Dublin.

The expansion is a response to the burgeoning demand for Irish whiskey around the world, according to Jean-Christophe Coutures, chairman and chief executive of Irish Distillers.

He said: "Irish whiskey continues to enjoy phenomenal global growth, led by Jameson with sales of 5.7 million cases in 2016.

"With this additional investment of over €10m at Midleton Distillery, we will ensure that we are positioned to meet growing global demand and support the growth of Irish whiskey in the international spirits category."

Paul Wickham, general manager of the Cork-based distillery, said: "All our barley comes from farms located within 100 miles of Midleton Distillery, supporting families who have produced barley for centuries.

"Using unmalted barley is a long-standing tradition of Irish whiskey and one which Irish Distillers continues.

"At present, we spend €60m (£51.8m) annually on cereals, energy, capital projects and payroll in the local economy and this will increase with the installation of these new stills," Mr Wickham added.

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