Food and Beverage Business

Diageo’s €200 million brewery in County Kildare begins construction

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Diageo’s new €200 million state-of-the-art carbon neutral brewery has officially begun construction in Littleconnell, Newbridge, County Kildare. This cutting-edge facility will brew popular lagers and ales such as Rockshore, Harp, Hop House 13, Smithwick’s, Kilkenny, and Carlsberg, with a capacity of 2 million hectolitres. It is set to become Ireland’s second largest brewing operation after St. James’s Gate, supporting the growth of Diageo Ireland’s beer brands.

The brewery will be powered by 100% renewable energy and will utilize advanced process technology to minimize energy and water consumption. Scheduled to start production in 2026, the facility will boost beer exports from Ireland and enhance the production capacity of the fast-growing Guinness 0.0 at the iconic St. James’s Gate location in Dublin.

Martin Heydon, Minister of State for Agriculture and TD for Kildare South, expressed the government’s full support for the new brewery during the sod-turning event in Littleconnell. The project is expected to create up to 1000 jobs both on-site and off-site during the construction phase and has received critical backing from the IDA and Enterprise Ireland.

Colin O’Brien, Category Head – Global Beer Supply at Diageo, commented on the importance of this milestone, stating, “As a global business, this new brewery is a major development for Diageo in Ireland and worldwide. It allows us to continue producing some of the world’s most recognizable beer brands while setting new standards for sustainable production.”

Heydon praised Diageo’s €200 million investment, highlighting its significance for Ireland’s food and drink industry, as well as the positive impact on the local economy and community in Kildare. Enterprise Ireland’s Executive Director, Jenny Melia, emphasized the agency’s commitment to supporting companies like Diageo in transitioning to a low-carbon economy. She commended Diageo for their leadership in sustainability and the positive contribution the new brewery will make to the local economy.

The stage is set for the new brewery to make a mark in the industry, with key stakeholders including Colin O’Brien, Jenny Melia, and Minister Heydon at the forefront of this exciting venture in food manufacturing.

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