Friday 28 October 2016

150 jobs to be created at new €4m Rye River brewery

Published 05/10/2015 | 06:58

Niall Phelan of Rye River Brewery in Kilcock, Co Kildare
Niall Phelan of Rye River Brewery in Kilcock, Co Kildare

150 new jobs will be created over the course of three years at the Rye River Brewing Company's new beer and cider brewery in Celbridge as the company targets new opportunities in both the Irish and international markets.

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The new positions will be spread across manufacturing, customer service, brewing, export, general operatives and management. The company also say that the new brewery will create 100 jobs during its construction.

Rye River currently employs 54 people in Kilcock and aims to boost its workforce exponentially with the opening of the new brewery and visitor centre which is set to open in late Spring 2016.

The company says that it is investing €4m into the new plant in a move that will be worth €12.5m to the local economy. The new brewery will be the biggest independent brewery in the country and will triple the company's production.

Founder of Rye River Brewing, Niall Phelan, says that the company is still looking to expand beyond the new brewery.

"We have been lucky in that we have been profitable from 2014 and we’ve been able to use these profits, our own reserves and some borrowing to fund our existing successful operations and cap-ex. The new development will be funded from cash and some investment and we will be seeking further investment over the coming six months."

Rye River started in late 2013 and the company now produces a range of fifteen beers including six of their own brand McGargle beers and is a distribution centre for imported brands such as Bavaria and San Miguel along with craft beers from Innis & Gunn in Edinburgh.

The company experienced a startling increase in turnover between 2013 and 2014. In 2013 Rye River had a turnover of of €189,000 while the following year it had a turnover of €5.5m.

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