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Diageo Plans St. Clair Township, Ontario, Production Center

To support the growth of its Crown Royal Canadian whisky brand, international beverage company Diageo will establish a $245 million carbon neutral distillery in St. Clair Township, Ontario, Canada.

The site, with capacity to produce up to 20 million LAA’s (litres of absolute alcohol, the equivalent to 10.5 million proof gallons) annually, will sit on approximately 400 acres and include a distillery, as well as blending and warehousing operations.

“A low-carbon world is essential for a sustainable future, so I am thrilled to announce our first carbon neutral distillery in Canada as we continue to build momentum in our journey to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2030,” said Perry Jones, President, North America Supply for Diageo. “We celebrate such a significant milestone for our Crown Royal brand, our North American operations and global footprint.”

The facility will operate with 100 percent renewable energy and will progressively reduce waste production from all direct operations where possible and reuse or recycle the remaining waste to the point of not needing to send it to landfills, according to company officials.

“We are delighted to welcome Diageo to St. Clair Township. This significant investment will be a tremendous fit with the ongoing diversification of the local economy. The carbon neutral facility clearly links with the Sarnia-Lambton area’s efforts to attract new investment that aligns with the drive to a zero-carbon economy, while contributing positively to job growth,” said Judith Morris, Interim CEO, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.

The Diageo St. Clair Distillery will supplement the company’s existing Canadian manufacturing operations in Amherstburg, Ontario, Gimli, Manitoba, and Valleyfield, Quebec.

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