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Distillery forced to expand as world drinks more Irish whiskey

The Jameson distillery in Midleton, Co Cork is now running at full capacity to service global demand. Some 60 jobs will be created in the expansion.

Image: IDPR

THE GROWING GLOBAL popularity of Irish whiskey has prompted a major expansion at a Cork distillery, with 60 new jobs created at the plant.

The Jameson distillery at Midleton, Co Cork is currently operating at full capacity with some 3.4million cases of Jameson sold worldwide in the 12 months to the end of June.

Its owners, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, today announced a €100million expansion of the facility to meet the growing demand. The company said 60 new jobs would be created in the expansion – 30 at the distillery and 30 at the firm’s Dublin bottling plant.

Around 250 jobs are also expected to arise from the construction process. The distillery upgrade will include environmental improvements, with a reduction of one-third in energy used per litre of alcohol distilled, the company said.

IDPR chairperson Anna Malmhake said the expansion was “confirming Midleton, where the tradition of distilling dates back to 1825, as the global centre of Irish whiskey production.”

She added: “Jameson is now in its twenty-third consecutive year of growth and is experiencing double-digit growth in forty markets.”

Artist’s impression of the planned new stillhouse at the Midleton distillery (Photo: IDPR)

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