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March 29, 2012

Gruppo Campari breaks ground on packaging facility in Kentucky

Italian sprits company Gruppo Campari has started construction of a new 11,613m² packaging facility at its Wild Turkey distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, US.

By Srivani Venna

Wild Turkey

Italian sprits company Gruppo Campari has started construction of a new a $44m packaging facility at its Wild Turkey distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, US.

The 11,613m² facility will give Wild Turkey full control of its entire production process, from distilling to aging and bottling. Gruppo Campari’s Skyy vodka will also be bottled at the new plant.

The new plant is scheduled to open in 2013 and will initially handle up to four million nine-litre cases of product annually.

In 2011, increased demand for the company to invest $50m on a Wild Turkey distillery expansion doubled the facility’s annual capacity.

Over the past three years, Gruppo Campari has also announced warehouse expansions totalling $7m.

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Gruppo Campari CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz said the company has invested about $100m in the distilling, warehousing and packaging operations in Lawrenceburg, since the Wild Turkey brand was purchased in 2009.

The project received preliminary approval from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority for tax incentives of up to $2m through the Kentucky Business Investment (KBI) programme and up to $350,000 in Kentucky sales tax refunds through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act.

Wild Turkey currently sells about one million nine-litre cases of bourbon worldwide every year.

 

Image: The new packaging facility will give Wild Turkey full control of its entire production. Photo: Davide Campari-Milano

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