Thursday, October 25 14:52:30
The start of work on a new E153 million brew house at the Guinness St James's Gate brewery was marked today with the lowering of a time capsule.
The ceremony involves the lowering of a Guinness keg by Chief Executive, Paul Walsh and special guest Minister Simon Coveney, Minister for Food, Agriculture and the Marine.
"I am delighted to be here today to mark the commencement of construction for our new brewing centre of excellence. We are proud of our long history at St James's Gate and this Time Capsule encompasses its past, present and the ambitions of Diageo and its staff for another 250 years at the St James's Gate Brewery. This investment demonstrates Diageo's commitment to Ireland and highlights how Diageo's operations in Ireland are very important to our company's success. Ireland is home to two of our top brands Guinness and Baileys and beer is a core part of our business," said Mr Walsh.
Within the Time Capsule there are a number of items reflecting the rich heritage of Guinness and St James's Gate, including the ambitions of employees at St James's Gate for the future of the brewery.
The St. James's Gate brewery is the 2nd largest brewery in Europe, produces 35pc of global beer for Diageo, and brews 1 billion pints per year of which 70pc is exported to over 150 markets worldwide.
"Guinness is the number one stout in the world and our Irish exports are valued at more than E1 billion euro. This E153 million euro investment in construction of a new brewing centre will have the capacity to brew one billion pints a year. We have 250 years of brewing expertise and this development will allow us the latest technologies to continue to export the finest beers globally. Once complete, the new brewing centre will significantly lower our carbon footprint as we intend to incorporate industry leading environmental management as part of our investment," said David Gosnell, President, Global Supply.