Expansion aims to meet the evolving requirements of Diageo's global operations and the growing demand for Baileys
Set to move ahead with plans after local council approval was granted
Diageo has received local council approval to proceed with its plans for an extension to the Baileys Irish cream liqueur factory.
The expansion, set to take place at the Mallusk-based factory, will increase the site’s footprint by 7,477m². This expansion aims to meet the evolving requirements of Diageo’s global operations and the growing demand for Baileys.
The proposed single-storey extension will encompass several features, including additional warehouse space, staff amenities, solar PV panels with associated outdoor equipment, expanded staff parking, electric vehicle charging stations, trailer bays, improved site access, external lighting columns, and landscaping.
The Mallusk site stands as one of only two locations worldwide where Baileys production occurs, with an estimated 97% of its output being exported to other countries. The expansion is anticipated to create around 100 construction jobs and approximately 35 positions upon its completion.
Commenting on the investment, the mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey councillor Mark Cooper said: “This £26 million investment by Diageo further bolsters the borough’s reputation as a prime location for business.
“Diageo have been successfully operating at Mallusk for over 20 years and this additional investment indicates their commitment to the growth and development of manufacturing skills in the area. I wish them every success for the future.”