Diageo to Build $115M Bourbon Distillery in Kentucky

on 30/05/14 at 10:18 am

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Proposed Distillery

Proposed Distillery

Global liquor giant Diageo PLC on Thursday announced plans to build a new distillery in Kentucky amid a global boom in American whiskey sales.

The U.K.-based company called the $115 million project about 30 miles east of Louisville a significant investment in the state’s growing bourbon industry. It still needs approval from local government officials, but Diageo hopes to complete the project by the end of 2016.

A variety of current and future Diageo bourbon and whiskey brands would be distilled at the facility, with a production capacity of 750,000 9-liter cases per year.

“Diageo has a long tradition within the craft of whiskey-making, and we look forward to bringing this artisanship to the new distillery,” said Diageo North America President Larry Schwartz.

Diageo’s brands include Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Guinness, Bulleit Bourbon and George Dickel Tennessee Whisky. Global rival Brown-Forman Corp., maker of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, is headquartered in Louisville.

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