Niche Drinks, the Northern Irish manufacturer of cream liqueurs, is to invest around £10m in a new Irish whiskey distillery.
Niche Drinks, formerly known as St Brendan’s Irish Cream Liqueur Company, has announced plans for a new complex near its present plant in Derry.
Managing director Ciaran Mulgrew, said: “The decision to develop a whiskey distillery is the outcome of extensive market research which indicated a growing demand, particularly in the US and Japan for premium whiskey. We have vast knowledge gained working with Irish whiskey and an extensive distribution network.
“Investing in a purpose-built distillery within the new complex we are planning will also enable us to increase production of our existing and successful portfolio."
The company plans to convert its existing premises into a supermarket that will also create new jobs for local people.
Niche Drinks currently employs 50 people in Derry.
The company also works with multinational drinks companies in creating brands for them to market and sell from Boston to Bangkok.
Source: Niche Drinks
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