Current press releases




Irish Whiskey Association warns EU that trade war with US could devastate Irish whiskey industry

25/05/2018

An EU-US trade war could devastate the Irish whiskey industry, according to the Irish Whiskey Association. The body, which represents Ireland’s rapidly expanding network of distillers, new and old, made the comment today at a major gathering of the all-i ...

Alcohol Bill will negatively impact trade in the EU – European Commission

09/05/2018

Say goodbye to ‘Hello!’ - foreign magazines like Vogue, GQ, Grazia and Men’s Health may become illegal in Ireland under new alcohol laws New labelling rules for drinks products set to impede exports A number of measures in the controversial Public Heal ...

International opposition to Alcohol Bill highlights disproportionate nature of proposed legislation

30/04/2018

Opposition from Italy and Portugal to measures in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 highlights the need for amendments to be made to the legislation, according to Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), the representative body for drinks manufa ...

Gin sales up 44% in Ireland in 2017 as Irish gin producers set sights on growth

06/04/2018

Irish spirits industry launches five-year ‘Strategy for Irish Gin’ Producers propose Irish Gin Standard for quality and authenticity Gin lovers in Ireland are set to benefit from the surge in popularity of Irish gin, with new products set to hit the mar ...

Irish gin producers aim to treble sales to 5 million bottles by 2022

06/04/2018

Irish spirits industry launches five-year ‘Strategy for Irish Gin’ Producers propose Irish Gin Standard for quality and authenticity Irish gin producers want to treble sales by 2022, with the aim to sell 5 million bottles or 400,000 9-litre cases around ...

Drinks industry faces regulatory divergence and trade border risks as a result of Brexit

28/03/2018

New Brexit Loan Scheme welcomed by drinks industry The Brexit Loan Scheme launched by the Government today will be an important resource for Ireland’s drinks industry, which faces unique risks associated with Brexit, according to Alcohol Beverage Federat ...

Irish Spirits and beer producers eye new export markets as world turns green for St Patricks Day

15/03/2018

Irish drinks sales grew in Japan, Russia, Nigeria and South Africa in 2017 Irish whiskey exports to United States increased by almost 17 per cent in 2017 Irish craft beer now exporting to Hong Kong, Singapore, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Australia I ...

New commitment by EU drinks producers to provide nutritional information and listing of ingredients

12/03/2018

Irish drinks producers warn that labelling proposals in Alcohol Bill will put Ireland out of line with rest of EU Ireland to become only country in world to require mandatory cancer warning label which could become ‘barrier to free trade’ A new EU wide ...

Irish Spirits Association and Scotch Whisky Association tackle Brexit at annual industry meeting

09/03/2018

New league table compares Irish whiskey vs. Scotch whisky Scotch dominates the market with 118 distilleries vs. 18 Irish whiskey distilleries But Irish whiskey industry on the attack as the fastest growing spirits category in the world Ahead of the Si ...

New figures show alcohol consumption has fallen in Ireland

06/03/2018

Drinks industry calls for reasonable amendments to labelling and advertising proposals in Alcohol Bill as second stage debate on legislation in Dáil concludes Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), the representative body for drinks manufacturers ...

Irish cream liqueur and gin producers embark on trade mission to Canada following elimination of tariffs

27/02/2018

Canada is one of the top five target markets for future export growth of Irish gin Growth of Irish whiskey already strong in Canada with the value of exports increasing by 20.5 per cent in first 10 months of 2017 Irish cream liqueur and Irish gin producer ...

Banned Aldi Christmas advert for alcohol ‘would not have made it through Ireland’s strict alcohol advertising clearance system’

23/02/2018

Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), the representative body for drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, has reiterated the strength of Ireland’s alcohol advertising rules after an Aldi Christmas advert for alcohol, featuring the compute ...

EU protected Irish Whiskey, Cream Liqueur and Poitín ‘uniquely exposed to Brexit risks

21/02/2018

EU protected Irish Whiskey, Cream Liqueur and Poitín ‘uniquely exposed to Brexit risks’ Ireland’s all-island drinks industry faces unique risks associated with regulatory divergence and trade border controls after a hard Brexit, according to the repres ...

Irish drinks industry welcomes Breweries and Distilleries Bill

15/02/2018

New legislation has potential to support craft breweries and distilleries Industry warns that ‘progressive’ piece of legislation could be undercut by ‘disproportionate’ and ‘anti-business’ measures in Public Health (Alcohol) Bill Alcohol Beverage Fe ...

Irish gin exports set to grow significantly in 2018 / New Irish whiskey brands to hit shelves this year

22/01/2018

More choice for beer drinkers with new flavours, low alcohol and non-alcohol options expected Public Health (Alcohol) Bill ‘puts growth at risk’ Irish drinks manufacturers release outlook for 2018 Irish gin is expected to go global this year, with expor ...

Robust growth for Irish drinks exports in 2017

10/01/2018

Drinks manufacturers say new Bord Bia report confirms drinks industry is export powerhouse Drinks industry exports to 130 markets Irish whiskey exports up 20% in 2017 Irish cream liqueur exports up 10% Irish beverage exports rose by 8 per cent last year ...

Harris continues to ignore and undermine Irish drinks businesses with harmful and ineffective alcohol bill

15/12/2017

Legislation threatens jobs in sector employing over 200,000 people at a time when thriving drinks industry is critical for Ireland during Brexit turmoil Irish-only health warning labels are barrier to entry and will hit small craft breweries and distiller ...

Wine drinkers to face higher prices and less choice

14/12/2017

· Irish specific labels will be ‘logistical nightmare’ and ‘barrier to free trade’ – Irish Wine Association · A Minimum Unit Price on alcohol will drive up wine prices across all price categories The Irish Wine Association (IWA), which represents win ...

Aoife Clarke appointed Chair of Irish Spirits Association

11/12/2017

Beam Suntory’s Aoife Clarke has been appointed chair of the Irish Spirits Association (ISA), the representative body responsible for promoting the interests of the Irish spirits industry. Clarke, who was previously vice-chair of the ISA, will be the firs ...

Ireland’s drinks industry welcomes Brexit deal

08/12/2017

Free moving cross-border supply chain between NI and ROI ‘essential’ for drinks industry – ABFI 08.12.17 - The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), the representative body for drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, has welcomed the de ...

Most buoyant sales for years’ predicted for Irish cream liqueur this Christmas – ISA

04/12/2017

Most buoyant sales for years’ predicted for Irish cream liqueur this Christmas – ISA Pre-Christmas cheer for Irish cream liqueur as it recovers from ‘lost decade’ Love Irish Cream Liqueur campaign launched by Irish Spirits Association to protect and ...

Irish drinks industry welcomes new report from agriculture committee on support for tillage sector

23/11/2017

Irish drinks industry “committed” to sourcing inputs from Irish tillage farmers Purchases by drinks industry set to increase as Irish whiskey sector continues to grow New report recommends development of Irish Whiskey Trail 23rd November 2017 – Alcoho ...

Brexit poses significant threat to Ireland’s all-island drinks industry

22/11/2017

Solution to border issue “essential” for industry Free moving cross-border supply chain could become “bureaucratic nightmare” Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), Patricia Callan said today that Brexit poses significant challenge ...

Drinks industry slams ‘misleading’ and ‘inaccurate’ Department of Health briefing ahead of alcohol bill debate

07/11/2017

Fact: alcohol consumption in Ireland is falling Fact: advertising restrictions are not proven to work Fact: €8.5 million for Irish cultural events is at risk Fact: structural separation will cost each store €20,000 The Department of Health has been c ...

ABFI criticises ‘ineffective’ and ‘unworkable’ advertising proposals in Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

05/11/2017

TIME TO BALANCE THE BILL Drinks industry supports jobs in every county in Ireland, with distilleries and breweries across the country Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has called for a balanced approach to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, due ...

Most Irish consumers not in favour of alcohol bill – new research

19/10/2017

62% against alcohol advertising restrictions 72% say advertising measures won’t work 57% against banning complimentary drink in hairdressers Only 27% believe measures in bill will be effective ‘Draconian’ bill is ‘ineffective’ and will unfairly hit ...

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

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 value of Irish whiskey ...

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 ...

Beer exports continue to remain strong- Irish Brewers Association

03/08/2017

BEER EXPORTS WORTH €280 MILLION IN 2016 IRELAND EXPORTS 40% OF ALL BEER PRODUCED IRISH BREWERS ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR EXCISE REDUCTION BEER EXCISE IS SECOND HIGHEST IN EU INTERNATIONAL BEER DAY – 4th AUGUST 3rd August 2017: To mark International Beer Day ...

Irish Brewers Association Welcomes Government agreement to support tourism in craft distillerie

27/07/2017

The Irish Brewing Association has welcomed Cabinet support for the introduction of a new law which will allow Craft Brewers and Distillers to sell their produce onsite to visitors. The Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill originally intro ...

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 ...