Campari America Unveils $43M Packaging Plant At Wild Turkey DistillerySeptember 11, 2013
Gruppo Campari has completed a new $43 million packaging facility project at its Lawrenceburg, Kentucky-based Wild Turkey distillery. Spanning 145,000 square feet, the new Wild Turkey packaging center will handle bottling and packaging capabilities for all of Campari’s U.S.-distilled spirits brands, which include both Wild Turkey Bourbon and Skyy vodka. The center will initially process up to 4 million nine-liter cases of product, but also has the capability to handle capacity increases. The facility’s debut, which comes on the heels of a $50 million expansion of the Wild Turkey distillery completed in 2011, will be followed by the construction of a new Wild Turkey visitor center, slated to open in 2014. Since acquiring the Wild Turkey brand in 2009, Campari says it has invested more than $100 million in the distillery and its operations. Wild Turkey’s sales rose by 3.3% in the first half of 2013, according to Campari’s recently released financial results, as double-digit growth in the U.S. offset softness in Australia and Japan.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.