Invest Northern Ireland has announced support of £2 million towards a total investment of £10 million in the “Old Bushmills” Distillery Company Ltd.
This investment will enhance “Old Bushmills” Distillery’s ability to further develop its product portfolio including Bushmills Irish Cream Liqueur. It will allow “Old Bushmills” Distillery to increase its production capacity by 30% through investment in the most modern equipment and technology. A further 26 new jobs will be created in the local area as a direct result of the project. The investment will also secure the position of the existing 125 employees.
Welcoming the announcement Leslie Morrison, chief executive of Invest NI said: “Bushmills is one of the very few internationally recognised global brands originating in Northern Ireland and this investment is therefore a very significant development for the industry. It will have a direct impact on improving the company’s production capability and will strengthen the brand on a global basis.”
Gill Jefferson, Managing Director, “Old Bushmills” Distillery said: “This investment will continue the development of Bushmills into higher added value product markets, and facilitate further new product development, such as the recently launched Bushmills Irish Cream Liqueur.”
The project represents a net benefit to the local economy in increased sales outside Northern Ireland. Building on the growth of Bushmills sales in international markets, this project will bring significant benefits to the local economy.
The investment supports the approaches proposed in the “Fit for Market” report of the Food Strategy Group launched in November 2004 in that: “the priority for direct funding to individual companies should be focused on marketing, innovation and people development.”