POSITIVE international whiskey sales have boosted plans for a major development of Jameson's facilities in Cork.
The company, which is owned by drinks giant Pernod Ricard, is planning to increase its warehouse space soon -- because the current storage areas are nearly full.
It is believed that the firm has begun discussions with locals ahead of the construction and is signing a deal with State-owned forestry group Coillte for the development. A spokesman said its site in Midleton, Cork was too small and the group was looking to develop in Dungourney, Co Cork to meet the rising demand for Jameson.
"In anticipation of the need for further warehousing capacity to mature increasing stocks of Jameson needed to fulfill global demand, Irish Distillers has looked at a number of sites that might be suitable," he said.
It is not known how much the development will cost.
Irish Distillers sells an exclusive bottle of whiskey called Dungourney at €500 a bottle.
Pernod Ricard, which acquired Irish Distillers in 1988, has been marketing Jameson around the world as one of its 15 global strategic brands.
Volume sales of Jameson declined in Ireland during the third quarter of its current financial year but were up 8pc in total.
The group, which reports full-year results on Thursday, said that it had sold about 2.7 million cases of Jameson in the last 12 months.