An Taoiseach Enda Kenny was joined by Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes to officially open Brewhouse No.4, the €169m state of the art brewery at St. James’s Gate, Dublin.
The new brewhouse is one of the most technologically advanced and environmentally sustainable in the world, and is also the largest stout brewery in the world. Initial plans in 2008 to build a new brewery in Leixlip Co. Kildare were ditched the following year after a review of the proposal.
St. James’s Gate is one of the oldest industrial sites in Ireland and is over 250 years old. Currently Diageo exports more than €1bn in product from the site to over 130 countries while the Guinness Flavour Essence, which is produced in St. James’s Gate, enables further brewing of Guinness in 50 countries around the world.
The Taoiseach said: “I’m delighted to open the new Diageo brewery at St. James’s Gate. Ireland has a worldwide reputation for quality food and drink production and this new €169m investment in the heart of Dublin will help contribute to our export led recovery. St. James Gate has a long history of supporting local jobs while sending iconic Irish brands around the world.”
Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo, speaking at the opening added: “Our decision back in late 2011 to invest in St James’s Gate represented a €169m million vote of confidence by Diageo in Guinness and in our beer business. It also represented a major vote of confidence in the Irish economy itself. Diageo’s operations in Ireland support the employment of 20,000 people in the Irish economy, not least through our purchase of goods and services to the value of €350m a year.”
Brewhouse No.4 brings together all brewing operations to St James Gate. Menezes said: “By consolidating all of our operations to one site Diageo is ensuring the long term sustainability and global competitiveness of our brewing operations. Brewhouse No.4 will support the growth in our exports’ market and Diageo’s ambitions for further growth.”
Brewhouse No.4 is 10,000 m2 and was the largest construction project in Ireland in 2012, equating to 2,000,000 man hours. It uses state of the art technology and processes to minimise energy consumption and greatly reduce environmental impact.