Based in the historic St James's Gate Brewery in Dublin 8, Diageo Ireland produces premium alcohol beverages which are enjoyed throughout the world. It is at St James's Gate where Guinness, the world's most popular stout, has been brewed for more than 250 years. In addition, Diageo Ireland has production facilities across the island. Baileys is produced in Belfast and Dublin, while the Old Bushmills Distillery is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in the world. Under licence, Diageo also brews leading international beers such as Budweiser and Carlsberg for the Irish market.
With annual exports of more than €800 million, Diageo Ireland is one of Ireland's most important exporters in the high value-added food and beverage category. The organisation employs approximately 1,100 people in its production facilities in Ireland. In addition, up to 18,900 jobs are supported indirectly by Diageo Ireland through the purchase of inputs, goods and services.
Diageo Ireland is a significant contributor to the country's rural economy. It is estimated that the organisation's contribution to the agricultural sector is €274m per year.
Diageo knows that sustainability and investment are key to long-term success, with this in mind Diageo made a €169 million investment in the St James's Gate Brewery which opened in 2014 consolidating all brewing by Diageo in Ireland at Victoria Quay.
Tourism is a key sector for the Irish economy, and Diageo is proud to play a role in attracting people to the island. The Guinness Storehouse attracted over 1.5 million visitors in 2015 and it was crowned Europe's leading tourist attraction at the 2015 World Travel Awards.
As one of the Ireland's leading companies, Diageo Ireland has a reputation for nurturing and developing staff, helping them reach their full potential. This has led to both the demand and supply side of the business receiving recognition at the 2014 Great Places to Work awards, with Diageo demand finishing in first place. Diageo Ireland also received two Green Awards in 2014 for excellence in the field of environmental sustainability.