Rare Breed Distilling

RARE BREED DISTILLING

Overview

  • After Campari Group purchased Wild Turkey the decided to invest $100 MM in the Lawrenceburg, KY facility in order to bring all bottling and packaging in-house once again.

Project Highlights

  • Dennis Group was responsible for the design and construction of a grassroots bottling plant for Wild Turkey at its distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The facility was designed to produce Skyy vodka, flavored vodkas, Wild Turkey bourbon, American Honey and various specialty bourbons and featured three high-speed bottling lines with room for a future fourth line.
  • The building was constructed on a very hilly site with an excess of 25 feet elevation difference in the original topography resulting in a massive cut and fill operation; a considerable amount of blasting was needed to remove ledge.
  • The project features an outdoor tank farm for incoming spirits, capable of holding up to 300,000 gallons of product, a 15,000 SF blending room with 400,000 gallons of blending and bottling tanks and a 40,000 SF bottling hall.
  • The upstairs office core was designed with a viewing mezzanine to allow Wild Turkey to conduct visitor tours of their operation and the facility has become an important stop on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail.

 

Diageo

DIAGEO

Project Highlights

Dennis Group has a long-standing history working with Diageo in a variety of capacities. This project included:

    • Miscellaneous interior renovations to the existing facility
    • Raw material receipt – upgrade of existing rail car unloading and relocation of tanker truck unloading
    • Raw material storage – addition of two 10,000 gallon storage tanks
    • Vodka processing system – 32 gallons per minute, 11-charcoal tank filtration system, automatic batch blending system
    • New gin and flavored vodka processing systems
    • Finished spirits distribution system
    • Water treatment (RO) system
    • Compressed air system relocation and extension
    • Utility support for upgraded bottling lines as well as a new bottling line

 

Spirits

Spirits makers must vie for shelf space and consumer loyalty in a fiercely competitive market that features many well established brands as well as a large wave of new craft distillers. New products are introduced on a regular basis, although many are short-lived, and speed to market is crucial to respond to trends and evolving consumer preferences.

Dennis Group has the background to help ensure your plant is running at peak efficiency and to plan for future growth – whether it’s an expansion or a new facility. In fact, we have partnered with Diageo for more than fifteen years to support a wide variety of spirits from tequila to whiskey, vodka to gin, cordials to flavored malt beverages, and everything in between.

Our experience in this market includes:

  • Site and building design
  • Class I Div 1 warehouse design
  • Facility reviews for acquisitions / consolidations
  • Distillation design and execution
  • Ultrafiltration and carbon adsorption
  • Custom ion exchange systems
  • High proof alcohol fire suppression systems
  • Storage tanks (transfer pumps, process piping) and refrigerated storage
  • Custom batching, blending and bottling processes
  • Chill filtration units
  • Clean in Place (CIP) systems
  • Automation and controls
  • Water and wastewater treatment systems
  • Packaging in a variety of formats
  • Bottling and secondary packaging