Private Pier Industries GmbH (PPI) a Berlin-headquartered group active in Ireland in both the spirts and premium pet food sectors, has announced the establishment of Good Spirits Bottling (GSB) – a new, state of the art spirts blending, bottling and maturation facility.
PPI is investing €4m directly in the new facility as part of a wider €24m investment in the whiskey sector. The initiative is being supported by Enterprise Ireland.
The company initially plans to occupy a 20,000 square foot premises in its first phase, doubling in size within a year to 40,000 sq feet upon completion of construction.
The investment will create 15 jobs over the next two years, offering flexible blending and bottling solutions for its own flagship brands and to the spirits industry in Ireland and worldwide.
The facility will mean PPI is now one of the largest independent owners of Irish whiskey stock holdings. The facility will be used to blend and bottle PPI’s two Irish premium whiskey brands; Grace O’Malley Spirits and Proclamation Irish Whiskey. Launched in 2018 and 2020 respectively, the brands have secured distribution in 20 countries internationally including Ireland, USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Eastern Europe, Russia, China, Australia and the UK within the last 18 months.
Commenting on the announcement, Stefan Hansen, one of the PPI Group founders, said: “The PPI Group is dedicated to growing our Irish operations, having invested over €15m in Ireland to date. We will be investing a further €24m in Ireland over the coming 3 years and adding 15 new positions to bring PPI’s headcount in Ireland to 23. The operation in Dundalk will act as the industrial hub for the Group in Ireland, preparing the product for export to international markets.”
Orla Battersby, Divisional Manager Food at Enterprise Ireland, said: “Enterprise Ireland welcomes the announcement of PPI’s new project in Dundalk, which has been supported by Enterprise Ireland in our role of attracting Food FDI projects to Ireland. PPI has an experienced team and has developed strong Irish whiskey brands, and these will be the key factors in their future growth. We are particularly delighted that the group will be creating 15 new jobs in Co. Louth and that the project will support capacity for the wider whiskey sector, a sector for which Ireland has an excellent reputation internationally.”