One of the world's largest producers of spirits and beers Diageo North America will expand its manufacturing footprint and production of its Ready-to-Drink category at a new facility in Plainfield, Illinois. The project is expected to create 50 jobs.
An $80 million investment, the site will have the capacity to produce over 25 million cases of RTDs per year, including Smirnoff seltzers and the newly launched spirits-based RTD cocktails from Crown Royal and Ketel One Botanicals. Sitting on a 225,000 square-foot property, the new facility will include a 500 cans per minute line and a 1200 CPM line, both of which are expected to be available for commercial production by summer of 2021.
“As the ready-to-drink category continues to grow rapidly in the United States, this expansion is very exciting as it will support our plans to meet increased consumer demand in line with emerging trends for convenient formats that are ideal for casual and at-home occasions,” said Debra Crew, President, Diageo North America. “The new operation will supplement our existing ready-to-drink production across North America and strengthen our path to continue building our RTD offering.”
Diageo North America has built a 55-year-old partnership with the Village of Plainfield and has played a role contributing to its economic development, local officials said.
“The strategic location of the new site, near our warehouse and Plainfield bottling operation, will allow Diageo to create synergies and the flexibility to expand and carry other market-leading brands in the future,” said Perry Jones, President, North America Supply for Diageo. “We are thrilled to expand our manufacturing footprint and further deepen our relationship with the Village of Plainfield.”