Casa Herradura Tequila Distillery - Brown-Forman Announces $200 Million Distillery Upgrade and Expansion

The tequila category of distilled spirits has been on a tear for the last several years. According to IWSR tequila surpassed US whiskey by value to become the second most valuable spirits subcategory in the US in 2022. And it’s not done, assuming current consumer trends continue, tequila is expected to bump off vodka to become the to become the No. 1 selling spirits category by value in 2023.

Brown-Forman Announces $200 Million Investment in Tequila

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Knowing the trajectory of the category, Brown-Forman has announced it is investing $200 million to expand its Casa Herradura tequila distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. The investment will allow the company to meet the increasing global demand for its premium tequilas. Construction is expected to begin in July 2023.

Casa Herradura is one of Mexico’s most historic and renowned tequila producers. They have been hand harvesting, producing, and estate bottling fine tequilas from the small town of Amatitán, Jalisco, since 1870. Brown-Forman acquired Casa Herradura in 2007.

“The world’s growing taste for premium tequila is driving double-digit net sales growth* of our Herradura and el Jimador brands. We believe strong consumer interest in tequila will continue and we’re expanding our production capacity to meet this demand,” said Lawson Whiting, President and Chief Executive Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation. “This strategic investment will improve our production efficiencies and increase our competitiveness.”

Tequila Overtakes Whiskey for No. 2 Distilled Spirits in the U.S. in 2022

Tequila surpassed US whiskey by value to become the second most valuable spirits subcategory in the US. Tequila alone is set to overtake vodka in 2023 to become the industry leader by value.

“This multi-phase project includes adding to our distillery operations, bottling, maturation, and processing areas. This expansion is particularly exciting as it will also advance our existing waste-to-energy efforts with a new water recycling and treatment plant,” said Elisa Gutierrez, Vice President and General Manager, Casa Herradura.

Casa Herradura - Vice President and General Manager Elisa Gutiérrez
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Casa Herradura Vice President & General Manager Elisa Gutiérrez.

The first phase will expand the water recycling and treatment plant, followed by the expansion of capacity for distilling, bottling, maturation, and processing. It builds upon Casa Herradura’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Casa Herradura was a pioneer in establishing a water recycling and treatment plant that met government standards and is one of Brown-Forman’s zero waste to landfill sites. Less than one percent of the solid waste generated goes to landfill, creating a more sustainable process and product. Over the past decade, Brown-Forman has made significant investments in state-of-the-art technology and implementation of processes for environmental care.

Casa Herradura Tequila Distillery - Silver 45 days, Reposado 11 months, Añejo 25 months & Ultra 49 months Tequila Brands
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Tequila is the fastest growing spirits category globally by value with the majority of the growth within the category driven by the super premium+ price segment. The U.S. market accounts for 32 million 9L cases, and $12 billion in retail value.

* Reported net sales growth for the nine months ended January 31, 2023

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