With the capacity to produce over 25 million cases of malt -based beverages and alcohol -based Ready to Drink (RTD) cocktails, Diageo has opened a new production site, with two lines of high -speed cans. Located in Plainfield, Illinois, Diageo Lincolnway will help accelerate the development of the company’s RTD portfolio and growth strategies in the facilities category.
“We are very proud of the speed and innovative approach of our team and partners in their efforts to build this site in such a short time. Diageo Lincolnway will play an important role in accelerating our convenience offerings and helping meet consumer demand, “said Michael L. Nelson Jr., Manufacturing & Distillation, Senior Vice President, Diageo North America.” The new facility strengthens our manufacturing presence in the region allowing us to leverage synergies with our warehouses and bottling operations in Plainfield. ”
Operations at the new 225,000 -square -foot facility complement existing ready -to -drink manufacturing throughout North America. Diageo Lincolnway is producing some of the latest brands and innovations in Diageo’s portfolio, including Smirnoff seltzer and alcohol -based RTD cocktails from Crown Royal and Kettle One Botanical Vodka Spritz.
“The new storage facility will enhance Diageo’s existing operations, strengthen our offerings and accelerate our strategy in the ready -to -drink category,” said Keara Funck, Facilities, Vice President, Diageo North America. “As we continue to take advantage of this opportunity in the facility space to provide delicious bar -quality cocktails and malt -based beverages, we are excited about the innovations and possibilities that can be offered to our consumers.”
The RTD category continues to gain momentum in the United States, driven by consumer interest in enjoying cocktails at home and demand for a variety of beverages in a simple format suitable for casual and home occasions.
With an investment of approximately $ 110 million, Diageo Lincolnway employs 50 full-time team members.