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Echlinville Distillery to invest £9m and create new jobs

The Echlinville Distillery in Kircubbin is to invest over £9m and create 36 new jobs, as it expands its facilities in the Ards Peninsula.

Established in 2012, Echlinville distils and bottles a range of premium and super-premium spirits. The new investment includes an expansion of production capacity to help grow its brands of Irish whiskey and gin globally, and the development of a new immersive visitor centre.

Invest NI has offered Echlinville £659,000 of support towards the purchasing of new equipment and the extension of its storage facilities.

Echlinville Distillery is to invest over £9m and create 36 new jobs as it expands its facilities / Picture: Echlinville Distillery


Shane Braniff, owner of Echlinville Distillery, said: “This investment will help us to substantially increase our production capacity and grow our export sales tenfold over the next five years. We are adding capacity in distillation, bottling, labelling, storage and brand development, all of which are key to further establishing our brands in major international markets including Russia and the US.

“As Northern Ireland’s first farm distillery, our whiskey has ‘field to glass’ traceability – something that is increasingly important in the global food and drink industry. We have built a strong reputation based on that approach and the quality of our products. Irish whiskey is recognised as the world’s fastest growing spirits category, which is giving us a great foundation upon which to build our export business with the help of this funding from Invest NI.

“Every bottle that leaves our distillery features our address in Kircubbin and tells of our roots in the Ards Peninsula. Alongside increasing exports around the world, we also hope to raise awareness of what this part of Ireland has to offer and attract more visitors to the area with the development of a dedicated visitor centre.”

(l-r) Kevin Holland, chief executive officer of Invest NI with Shane Braniff, owner of Echlinville Distillery / Picture: Invest NI


Invest Northern Ireland’s chief executive officer, Kevin Holland, added: “The investment includes the development of a new immersive visitor’s centre and the creation of 36 new jobs which is great news for the local Ards & North Down Borough Council area. Roles on offer include operational, administrative and visitor centre roles and once in place, will contribute over £1million of additional annual salaries for the Northern Ireland economy.

“It is impressive to see a company scale so quickly in such a short period of time. We have assisted its trade activities, recently supporting it to secure a distribution agreement in Canada. The company’s Dunville whiskey is now on the shelves of almost 900 stores across Canada. Our partnership approach is clearly working and I look forward to seeing Echlinville’s export ambitions continuing to reap rewards.”

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