Bushmills distillery, based in County Antrim, has received permission from the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to build almost 30 huge warehouses to mature its world-famous Irish whiskey, expanding onto 25 hectares of farmland next to its existing site. The new ‘Masterplan’ also includes a fine water lagoon, sprinkler pump house and tanks, landscaping and a new access road.
This multi-million-pound expansion of its County Antrim complex is due to be built gradually over the next two decades. Colum Egan, master distiller at the Old Bushmills Distillery, hopes that the new extension will help the international whiskey brand grow across the globe.
It is an exciting time for the Irish whiskey category which continues to experience significant growth and this expansion is an important factor in facilitating the future growth of Bushmills Irish Whiskey.
The new plan is expected to lead to up to 20 jobs with a 10-15% rise in the wages bill. The distillery, which was formed in 1784 and currently employs around 150 staff, expects to generate approximately £3m of capital expenditure at the distillery every year for the next 10 to 15 years.
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