Old Bushmills Distillery
Master distiller: Colum Egan
Pre-tax profit: £6.9m Employment: 110 Pay bill: £6m
2 Distillery Road Bushmills BT57 8XH Tel: 028 2073 3218 www.bushmills.com
Bushmills Irish whiskey, one of Northern Ireland’s most globally-acclaimed products, has been part of Mexican drinks giant Jose Cuervo since its sale by Diageo in 2015. Jose Cuervo and Old Bushmills Distillery are part of the Becle group. Jose Cuervo’s ownership has brought a surge in ambition for the distillery, which now has planning permission to double production over the next five years.
The plans involve a new distillery, boiler house, cooling equipment and barrel store on the existing site, all part of a £60m expansion.
Last year the distillery also received permission to build 29 additional maturation warehouses. In a strategic report accompanying its accounts for 2017, the directors comment that Bushmills remains “one of the leaders in the Irish whiskey category and demonstrated a good level of performance in its major markets”.