The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, visited the Irish Distillers’ distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork last month to mark the €100 million investment at the facility by Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard. The company announced the expansion at the end of last year, in response to the continued growth of Jameson worldwide. A total of 3.4 million cases of Jameson were sold during the past year.
The distillery is now operating at full capacity and in order to cater for future forecasted growth, an expansion is necessary. ??As part of the investment, 60 manufacturing and technical jobs will be created, 30 in the Midleton Distillery, and a further 30 in the Fox and Geese bottling plant in Dublin, bringing the company’s total employee numbers in Ireland to 560. Separately, up to 250 jobs will result from the construction process. ??The expansion is due to take place over the next 24 months, using the latest state of the art design techniques. As previously announced, a further €100m is being spent developing a new satellite maturation facility at Dungourney, Co. Cork. ? Speaking at the event, the Taoiseach said: “This investment by Irish Distillers is the result of an exceptional performance by Jameson in the world-wide marketplace. Today marks a significant day in the future of Irish whiskey production, and the entire food and drinks export industry, as well as for the local economy here in Cork, which has greatly benefited from the presence of both the distillery and the Jameson Experience Visitors Centre. By taking advantage of a supportive and stable economic environment, Irish brands can continue to increase exports worldwide. The success of the distillery here in Midleton, and its visitors centre is to be commended and I wish the company every success with its expansion plans.”? ?
The Taoiseach’s visit also marked the 20th anniversary of the Jameson Experience, the Jameson visitor centre in Midleton, which has welcomed in excess of two million visitors since it first opened its doors in 1992.