Pernod Ricard, has announced that it is to invest $250 million in a new state-of-the-art, carbon neutral distillery, with related aging warehouses in Marion County, Kentucky, for its Jefferson’s Bourbon brand.
The distillery is also expected to be the first of its size in the U.S. to achieve LEED certification, an internationally recognized sustainability framework for healthy, efficient, carbon and cost-saving environmentally friendly buildings.
|Pernod Ricard announces $250 million US distillery investment|
In addition, as part of Pernod Ricard’s commitment to protect and nurture the terroir surrounding its facilities, Jefferson’s will continue to partner with local farmers and suppliers to source ingredients and casks.
The investment in the new distillery and visitor centre is expected to create around 55 new jobs in Kentucky, while generating extra economic benefits for Kentucky-based businesses during the construction period.
Commenting on the news, Ann Mukherjee, Chairman and CEO, Pernod Ricard North America, said: “The new distillery will enable Jefferson’s to efficiently keep up with very strong consumer demand while staying true to the company’s longstanding commitment to sustainability. “American whiskey is booming, and Jefferson’s growth has been phenomenal,” Mukherjee said. “We’re very bullish on the brand’s potential, and we’re committed to making our new Jefferson’s facility one of the most exemplary distilleries in the world in order to achieve it.”
Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers and Chivas Brothers brands, recently announced plans to invest in decarbonizing their distilleries and creating new carbon neutral facilities. The company is on track to meet its targets set out in its 2030 global sustainability & responsibility roadmap.
Posted by Steve Rush