Taoiseach Micheál Martin was in Midleton recently to officially announce the plan.
The €250 million investment will support delivery of a new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art distillery. It’s being built to meet increasing demand and ensure the necessary future production capacity for Irish Distillers’ portfolio of Irish whiskeys globally.
The distillery will produce Irish whiskeys including Jameson, Powers, Redbreast, Midleton Very Rare, the Spot family and the Method and Madness range.
Once operational, over time the new distillery will create up to 100 highly-skilled jobs for East Cork.
To be situated on a 55-acre site adjacent and connected to the present Midleton Distillery, the new distillery will be subject to a successful planning application and the meeting of all licensing requirements.
It will distil pot still and grain whiskey with grain intake, brewing, fermentation and distillation facilities incorporated into the new 55-acre site and is expected to generate around 800 jobs during the construction phase.
Irish Distillers recently announced plans to invest €50 million to fund projects aimed at transforming Midleton Distillery into a carbon-neutral operation by leveraging breakthrough emissions reducing technology to reduce energy use by the end of 2026. In line with Irish Distillers’ ambition, the new distillery will be a carbon-neutral operation.
The new site will also incorporate various environmental projects to be developed in order to enhance biodiversity and protect local wildlife.
The 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.
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.