Hinch Distillery’s £15m investment to generate 42 jobs

A perfect blend of a new distillery and tourist attraction will boost jobs and growth at Hinch Distillery in Co Down.

A £15m investment in a new 30,000 sq ft distillery and local tourist attraction by Hinch Distillery will lead to the creation of 42 jobs.

Northern Ireland Economy Minister Diane Dodds officially opened the new distillery located just outside Ballynahinch in Co Down.

“Our Hinch range of Irish whiskies and Ninth Wave Irish Gin brand are already leaving an imprint on the international drinks market”

Established in 2016, Hinch Distillery has developed a range of whiskey and gin products is now exporting to 25 countries around the world.

Hospitality and tourism

Dodds said that the jobs will contribute an additional £1.3m in additional salaries for the Northern Ireland economy.

“The visitor centre is an impressive new tourist attraction where visitors can learn about the distillation process used to produce the company’s products,” said Dodds. “Northern Ireland is known globally for our great hospitality along with the pure natural quality of our produce.

“Investments like these will help us sow the seeds of recovery and rebuild our economy following the impact of the pandemic. The hospitality and tourism industry has been especially impacted so I am delighted to be here today to be able to celebrate this investment, and I want to congratulate Terry and his team and wish them every success.

Speaking about the completion of the project, owner Dr Terry Cross OBE said: “Today marks a very proud moment for myself and the team who have finally realised a blueprint that is set to make its mark on the Northern Ireland tourism map and the global drinks industry. We would like to thank Invest Northern Ireland for its support and guidance so far. Its financial support and marketing assistance has been instrumental in our success to date.

“Our Hinch range of Irish whiskies and Ninth Wave Irish Gin brand are already leaving an imprint on the international drinks market. In just one year since launch, we’ve secured distribution deals in more than 25 countries including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, the US, France and Germany, while many more partnerships with renowned drinks distributors elsewhere are in the pipeline. 

“And despite being relative newcomers to the market we are making waves at revered awards events globally including a Double Gold and ‘Gin of the Year’ trophy for our Ninth Wave Irish Gin at the China Wine and Spirit Awards (CWSA).  Being able to commence operations is just the beginning of our story. We look forward to celebrating our successful products at home, where they are made, and invite Northern Ireland to be part of that.”

Invest Northern Ireland offered Hinch Distillery more than £1.9m in support to date.

“Today’s opening is testament to our strong working relationship with the company in action,” said Invest NI CEO Kevin Holland.

“The distillery and visitor centre adds to Northern Ireland’s growing drinks tourism industry with its distinct product offering and guest experience. This is something that Terry and his team should all be proud of.”

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 1 April 2021