Owner of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Pat Rigney has chosen to proceed with plans to expand capacity and build a visitor centre at The Shed Distillery in Co. Leitrim despite concerns about the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit.
The Irish Times quotes Rigney as saying, "We are working our way around Brexit, which is a challenge for everybody in our sector and has caused a lot of uncertainty.
"But we continue to double down on the visitor experience, and we're well advanced with that. It's a big commitment by us to Drumshanbo, and we're also increasing our capacity.
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"The challenge [of Brexit] for us is to be more resourceful and to work even harder, open new markets and all that."
According to Rigney, 15%-20% of Drumshanbo sales occur in the UK market.
€2 Million Investment
The Shed Distillery's planned capacity expansion and new visitor centre is expected to cost approximately €2 million and create 25 new employment opportunities.
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