Current press releases




Spirits high as Irish Spirits Industry shows vibrant growth

18/10/2017

The Irish spirits industry is undergoing vibrant growth, with exports increasing substantially in recent years, according to a new report released today by the Irish Spirits Association. The report is the first-ever industry and market report on Irish spi ...

Growth in the Irish drinks industry will deliver for Ireland’s farmers

05/10/2017

Growth should not be taken for granted – Public Health Alcohol Bill will limit growth and will means Irish farmers will be BANNED from alcohol ads In its submission to the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine on the diversification of the ...

Distilleries could attract 135,000 visitors to the North West

22/09/2017

The Irish Whiskey Association’s North West Regional Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy was launched by the Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring today at Connacht Irish Whiskey Distillery in Ballina, Co Mayo. The Irish Whiskey Tourism Strat ...

Irish Whiskey renaissance rolls on with 22% increase in exports to the US in first half of 2017

13/09/2017

13 September 2017 Latest figures from the CSO which point to a 22% increase in the value of whiskey exports to the United States in the first six months of 2017 have been hailed as phenomenal by the Irish Whiskey Association. According to the CSO the valu ...

2016 Irish Wine Report

05/09/2017

The Irish Wine Association has today launched the Irish Wine Market Report 2016, calling for an alcohol excise reduction in the upcoming Budget, stating that Ireland’s penal excise rate is bad for jobs, consumers and tourism. The Irish Government increas ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes the opening of the Slane Distillery to the public

01/09/2017

The Irish Whiskey Association wishes Slane Distillery the best of luck tomorrow when it opens its doors to visitors From the 2nd September onwards, visitors will be able to avail of guided tours of the state-of-the-art distillery, as well as whiskey tasti ...

Ireland's gin revolution continues with creation of new gin group

30/08/2017

#1 priority for Irish gin producers is creation of a legally-recognised standard for Irish Gin 30th August 2017: The Irish Spirits Association today hosted the inaugural meeting of Ireland’s Gin producers, to represent this remerging Irish food and drink ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes the launch of the Pearse Lyons Distillery in historic Liberties location

25/07/2017

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes the launch of the Pearse Lyons Distillery in historic Liberties location 25th JULY 2017 – The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the announcement that the Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James’s is set to open its d ...

Irish Spirits Association calls for ongoing protecion of All-Island Geographic Indications

11/07/2017

IRISH SPIRITS ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR ONGOING PROTECTION OF ALL-ISLAND GEOGRAPHIC INDICATIONS Spirts sector supports over 15,000 jobs on the island of Ireland, directly and indirectly Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream Liquor and Irish Poteen/Irish Poitín are lega ...

Alcohol Bill will leave a €20m blackhole in advertising revenues

06/07/2017

Alcohol Bill will leave a €20m blackhole in advertising revenues No causal link between advertising and increased consumption of alcohol Alcohol Consumption has fallen by 25% in Ireland since 2005 6th July 2017: The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland ...

ABFI welcomes Seanad Brexit Report

04/07/2017

ABFI welcomes Seanad Brexit Report, which reflects many of the concerns of the drinks industry Brexit and Alcohol Bill may be the perfect storm for the industry 4th July: The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) which represents brewers, distille ...

Almost 200 bottles of Irish Whiskey sold every minute as sales around the world skyrocket

29/06/2017

ALMOST 200 BOTTLES OF IRISH WHISKEY SOLD EVERY MINUTE AS SALES AROUND THE WORLD SKYROCKET 29th JUNE 2017 - Demand for Irish whiskey soared by 11.2% last year cementing its position as the world’s fastest growing spirit according to new figures published ...

Irish Whiskey distilleries to attract more than 190,000 tourists to counties Cork, Clare, Kerry and the surrounding region

12/06/2017

IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERIES TO ATTRACT MORE THAN 190,000 TOURISTS TO COUNTIES CORK, CLARE, KERRY AND THE SURROUNDING REGION The Irish Whiskey Association’s South West Regional Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy was launched by the Minister of State for Food, ...

Irish Whiskey distilleres to attract more than 200,000 visitors every year to counties Antrim, Derry & Down and the surrounding region

22/05/2017

IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERIES TO ATTRACT MORE THAN 200,000 VISITORS EVERY YEAR TO COUNTIES ANTRIM, DERRY AND DOWN AND THE SURROUNDING REGION The Irish Whiskey Association on Monday afternoon [22nd MAY] launched the Regional Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy in ...

Irish Whiskey distilleres to attract 158,000 visitors every year to Ireland's Midlands and East

15/05/2017

IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERIES TO ATTRACT 158,000 VISITORS TO IRELAND’S MIDLANDS AND EAST THE Irish Whiskey Association’s Midlands/East Regional Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy was launched by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan on Mo ...

Patricia Callan appointed Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland

08/05/2017

Patricia Callan appointed Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland Monday 8th May 2017: Patricia Callan has been appointed to the role of Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, the trade association that represents brewers, distille ...

Drinks Industry tells Seanad Committee combination of Brexit and Alcohol Bill will create a perfect storm for the sector

04/05/2017

Drinks Industry tells Seanad Committee combination of Brexit and Alcohol Bill will create a perfect storm for the sector 4th May 2017: Addressing the Seanad Brexit Committee on behalf of the drinks sector, agri-food economist Ciaran Fitzgerald has warned ...

Irish Whiskey distilleres volunteer to mentor new entrants to help grow industry

26/04/2017

IRISH WHISKEY DISTILLERS VOLUNTEER TO MENTOR NEW ENTRANTS TO HELP GROW INDUSTRY 26th April 2017 – Irish whiskey distillers from all over the island will come together today (Wednesday) to help drive one of Ireland’s most famous exports to new heights. A ...

New study finds Public Health Alcohol Bill will not reduce harmful drinking

24/04/2017

New study finds Public Health Alcohol Bill will not reduce harmful drinking Measures in the Bill will: · Threaten jobs in an industry that employs 90,000 people · Increase Cross border shopping · Stifle innovation and product development by severely restr ...

New bill to help Irish whiskey tourism to reach target of 1.9 million visitors

23/03/2017

NEW BILL TO HELP IRISH WHISKEY TOURISM TO REACH TARGET OF 1.9 MILLION VISITORS The Irish Whiskey Association today welcomes the passage of the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016 through the next stage in the Oireachtas. The legisla ...

Irish Spirits Association meets Scotch Whisky Association in Edinburgh on eve of 6 Nations

03/02/2017

To discuss challenges and opportunities facing sectors Scotch whisky exports worth £4bn Irish whiskey exports worth €505m Edinburgh, Friday 3 February 2017 – As the Irish and Scottish rugby teams prepare to kick off the six nations championship in Edi ...

Whiskey investment by Diageo heralds a return to sector's Golden Age

31/01/2017

WHISKEY INVESTMENT BY DIAGEO HERALDS A RETURN TO SECTOR’S GOLDEN AGE Tuesday 31st January 2017: The Irish Whiskey Association has said the announcement today (31 January 2016) by Diageo, the world’s largest spirits maker, that it is to re-enter the glo ...

New study finds Brexit and Alcohol Bill create huge challenges for drinks sector

23/01/2017

NEW STUDY FINDS BREXIT AND ALCOHOL BILL CREATE HUGE CHALLENGE FOR DRINKS SECTOR INDUSTRY CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT THE SECTOR SECTOR EXPORTS VALUED AT €1.4BILLON Monday, 23rd January 2017: An economic study has found that the combination of a hard B ...

Drinks industry is the jewel in the export crown

11/01/2017

DRINKS INDUSTRY IS THE JEWEL IN THE EXPORT CROWN SECTOR EXPORTS WORTH €1.4BN EACH YEAR EXPORTS TO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS UP BY 25% WHISKEY EXPORTS UP BY 8% Wednesday, 11th January 2016 – New data from Bord Bia released today shows that the Irish drinks i ...

Ireland aims to become the world leader in Whiskey Tourism by 2030

08/12/2016

Ireland aims to become the world leader in Whiskey Tourism by 2030 Creation of a new Irish Whiskey trail and tourism infrastructure around distilleries. Develop an embassy network of hotels, restaurants and pubs. Whiskey tourism has the potential to grow ...