New £10 million whiskey distillery in Derry will create new employment

A new whiskey distillery is to be opened in Derry by the company behind the city’s St Brendan’s cream liqueur operation.

Niche Drinks have applied for planning approval to erect a new £10m, custom-built factory complex in the city.

Planning permission has also been sought to change the use of its current six-acre plant in Rossdowney Road from manufacturing to a supermarket site.

Bosses at Niche, formerly St Brendan’s Irish Cream Liqueur Company, are now in talks with Invest NI about the new factory.

They have confirmed that they were now looking at a greenfield site in the Campsie area on the outskirts of the Waterside.

It is thought the plans will create new employment in both areas while also providing security for more than 60 workers currently at the St Brendan’s plant.

Niche Drinks currently manufactures Luxco's St Brendan's Irish Cream which is exported to the United States, Scandinavia, Russia and mainland Europe.

The company also manufactures other ranges of Irish cream liqueur products and ready-made cocktail drinks.

Its clients include Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Aldi and Asda in the UK and Ireland.