• Investment will expand capacity at beer packaging facilities in Belfast and Runcorn and support growth in demand for Guinness
  • Work to begin immediately with new capacity expected to be available in 2023 

Diageo is making a £40.5m investment to expand capacity at its packaging facilities in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Runcorn, England, which is set to support the growth of Guinness Draught and Guinness Zero. 

The facility in Belfast will see its canning production more than double with a £24.5m investment that will convert existing warehouses into a new state-of-the-art packaging line capable of producing 72,000 cans per hour. A further £16m will be invested at the Runcorn site to significantly upgrade its bottling line and expand warehousing capacity.

Diageo is making the investment to meet global demand for Guinness products from domestic and export markets, with the expansion set to support accelerated production and product innovation. It will enhance efficiency and competitiveness at both sites. Construction is set to begin immediately with capacity at both facilities expected to come online in 2023.

Commenting Aidan Crowe, Operations Director for Beer at Diageo, stated: “This expansion is a significant investment in the development of our packaging facilities. The projects in Belfast and Runcorn will support our growth ambitions, helping us to deliver end-to-end product innovation, and reinforce our agility to meet demand and provide excellent service to our customers around the world.”

Stewart Hancock, Operations Manager at Diageo’s Runcorn site, added: “This is an exciting time for our site in Runcorn as we invest in our business to support the growth of our business. We contribute considerably to the local economy in Runcorn and the £16m investment will further support our supply chains and local communities.” 

Commenting on the news, Mike Amesbury, Member of Parliament for Weaver Vale and local MP for the Runcorn Site, said: “Diageo’s bottling and packaging plant in Runcorn is a significant part of the local economy and it is great news to see British businesses like Diageo investing in and expanding their facilities in the local area.”

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