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Irish Distillers

Membership Status:

Approved until 31 May 2022

Sector:

Beverages

About the company

Irish Distillers is Ireland's leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some of the world's most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, the company's brands are driving the global renaissance of the category. Jameson is the world's bestselling Irish whiskey, experiencing 30 years of consecutive growth up to 2019 and the portfolio of brands exports to more than 130 markets around the world. Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Since 2012, Irish Distillers has invested over €400 million to double its production and bottling capacity in a sustainable manner in order to meet global demand for products. The company employs over 600 people across operations in Cork, Dublin and Belfast.

Key Sustainability Commitments

Promotes Biodiversity:

Irish Distillers will enhance the biodiversity on their site by incorporating eco-design / biodiversity features in the new whiskey maturation complex in Dungourney, such as wetland vegetation to secondary stormwater attenuation areas, Planting mixed trees and shrubs & Incorporation of traditional meadow grass and flower species in the large green areas on the site.


Spotlight Target Area: Primary Producer Sustainability Initiatives
In 2020, Irish Distillers launched a tailored sustainability programme for barley
growers. The ‘Sustainable Green Spring Barley Scheme’ aims to support the longterm viability of the spring barley sector in Ireland by incentivising farmers to deliver
further environmental benefits on their farms. Measures in the scheme aim to help
growers reduce the carbon footprint and promote biodiversity on their farms. An
additional payment of €15 per/tonne is payable directly to participating growers who
meet the environmental and sustainability requirements outlined in the scheme.

Case Study 2021