Diageo Announces Plans for Sustainable New Ontario Distillery Operation


March 9, 2022

Global beverage alcohol leader Diageo announced plans today for a new CAD$245 million distillery to support momentum and growth ambitions for its Crown Royal Canadian Whisky brand. The facility, 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 in Ontario’s St. Clair Township, and includes a distillery, as well as blending and warehousing operations.

Diageo’s Society 2030:Spirit of Progress sustainability action plan will shape the design and development of the distillery. It will feature resource efficiency technologies and will operate with 100% renewable energy to ensure the new distillery is carbon neutral and zero-waste to landfill from all direct 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,” Perry Jones, President, North America Supply for Diageo said in a news release. “We celebrate such a significant milestone for our Crown Royal brand, our North American operations and global footprint.”

Crown Royal Canadian Whisky is the No.1 selling Canadian whisky brand in the world and North America’s most valuable whisky brand, per the announcement. The growth of the brand has been driven by people’s love for the flavor of Canadian whisky and the right innovation, which introduces new whisky experiences to different consumers. These innovations include Crown Royal Apple and rare, high-end luxury offerings like the recently released Crown Royal 18. Canadian whisky contributed 7% of Diageo’s global net sales and Crown Royal grew 12% in the first half of fiscal F222.

“Crown Royal is the heart of our whisk(e)y business, as the most valuable whisky brand. It’s critical when we extend our footprint, that we are committed to creating a more sustainable world,” said Sophie Kelly, Senior Vice President of Whiskies, Diageo North America. “We are thrilled by this new world-class distillery. It will enable us to drive momentum to 2030 and beyond to elevate Crown Royal as a best-in-class whisky brand that leads innovation in the industry.”