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Beam Suntory inaugurates new barrel warehouse in Kentucky, US

Published 07 November 2016

American whiskey producer Beam Suntory has opened a new barrel warehouse in Frankfort, located in the US state of Kentucky.

The seven-story building is the first new barrel warehouse in Frankfort since 1968.

Spanning over 275,000ft², the facility is the largest of Beam Suntory’s 112 Rackhouses in Kentucky

It features a room for over 59,000 barrels, 17% more than the company's next-largest warehouse.

Beam Suntory aims to invest over $1bn in the next five years on grains, barrels, payroll and capital expenditures.

Beam Suntory chief supply chain officer David Hunter said: “The need for this incredible new Rackhouse really underscores the global thirst for bourbon.

“I’m so proud of the team here in Frankfort, and all of our operations in Kentucky, who have been working so hard to keep up with the pace of demand for bourbon around the world.”

Member of the US House of Representatives from Kentucky's 6th district Andy Barr said: “The opening of this new barrelhouse reflects the importance of the bourbon industry and the commitment of Beam Suntory to central Kentucky.

"Each of those barrels represents good paying jobs made possible by global demand for Kentucky’s native spirit.”

Beam Suntory offers a range of products including Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Kakubin along with Knob Creek bourbon, Yamazaki, Hakuhu and Hibiki.

Its other Japanese whiskies include Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka and Midori liqueur. 


Image: Beam Suntory opens new barrel warehouse in Kentucky, US. Photo: Courtesy of Beam Suntory Inc.