Thursday, January 24 14:15:08
William Grant and Sons, owners of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, today announced it has received planning permission from Offaly County Council for its new, state of the art pot still whiskey and malt whiskey distillery in Tullamore town.
The E35 million distillery will be developed on a 69 acre site at Ballard and Clonminch on the outskirts of Tullamore, bringing whiskey production back to the town for the first time since the original distillery closed in 1954.
The development will be part of a long term plan which will include a pot and malt distillery building, warehousing, offices, an employee car park and visitor facilities. Work on the distillery will commence in April with a projected completion date of summer 2014, supporting in the region of 100 construction jobs during the building phase. The project follows the redevelopment of the Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre which opened in September 2012.
The new distillery will utilise the latest in green technology and will meet the long-term production demands for Tullamore D.E.W., which is currently growing by over 15pc annually.
Speaking today, Tullamore D.E.W. Global Brand Director Shane Hoyne said: "We are pleased that planning permission for the distillery has been granted and the construction phase can now commence.
This new distillery is a significant step in the journey of Tullamore D.E.W., which is now the second largest selling Irish whiskey worldwide. It is also an important development for the town of Tullamore and part of our continuing investment in the region following the redevelopment of our Visitor Centre in 2012. We look forward to building a state-of-the-art distillery, and we are very proud to be bringing whiskey distilling back to Tullamore D.E.W.'s roots for the first time in almost 60 years."
Tullamore D.E.W. is one of the fastest growing Irish whiskey brands, almost doubling worldwide sales to almost 760,000 cases per annum since 2005.