Diageo Australia, maker of well-known liquor brands such as Johnnie
Walker and Bundaberg Rum, has unveiled a 26,000 pallet capacity warehouse in
Sydney’s western suburbs.
Diageo’s Global Head of Supply, David Cutter officially
opened the Huntingwood-based warehouse following a 20-month project, which saw
the company invest $21.5 million in the new facility.
The warehouse is located alongside
Diageo Australia’s primary manufacturing site in Huntingwood.
According to Diageo Australia Supply Director, Joe Russo the
investment in the warehouse will deliver considerable cost savings to Diageo
and cements Diageo’s commitment to manufacturing in Australia in the long term.
Prior to building the new warehouse, Diageo stored most of
its inventory at a third party facility. With the new warehouse now on its
doorstep, Diageo Australia will reduce its carbon emissions by 110 metric
tonnes of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent of taking 35 standard
passenger vehicles off the road every year.
This carbon reduction will contribute to Diageo’s 2020
target of reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions from direct operations by
50%, plus 30% across its total supply chain.
Cutter said Diageo’s recently announced 2020 Sustainability
and Responsibility targets reflect the need to better manage water stewardship
and carbon emissions across Diageo’s total supply chain.
“This forward thinking, holistic approach to sustainability
means that we will work even harder with suppliers globally to decouple the
growth of our business from our impact on the environment,” Cutter said.
Work on the facility began in May 2014. State-of-the-art technology
allowed it to be built with a smaller than average footprint of 5,000m2