Archived press releases




Irish Whiskey Association Welcomes Opening of Walsh Whiskey Distillery in Co Carlow

22/06/2016

THE IRISH WHISKEY REVIVAL CONTINUES WITH CARLOW’S FIRST DISTILLERY IN OVER 200 YEARS Irish Whiskey Association Welcomes Opening of Walsh Whiskey Distillery in Co Carlow Miriam Mooney, Head of the Irish Whiskey Association welcomed the news that whiskey d ...

Jobs, tourism and local confidence to be boosted by international investment in Irish Whiskey in Slane

03/06/2016

JOBS, TOURISM AND LOCAL CONFIDENCE TO BE BOOSTED BY INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT IN IRISH WHISKEY IN SLANE Irish Whiskey Association welcomes Brown Forman investment Ambition to grow whiskey tourism in Ireland from 600,000 visitors to 800,000 and to increase ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes the opening of Echlinville Distillery in Co. Down

07/04/2016

IRISH WHISKEY ASSOCIATION WELCOMES THE OPENING OF ECHLINVILLE DISTILLERY IN CO. DOWN TODAY “THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR AN ALL-ISLAND APPROACH TO IRISH WHISKEY TOURISM“- IWA Thursday 7 April 2016 The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the news from Co. ...

ABFI response to Alcohol Bill

09/12/2015

Government’s Alcohol Bill is a missed opportunity to tackle misuse ABFI: “Proposals will not address misuse and could put jobs at risk” Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) today responded to the publication of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bil ...

New economic report on drinks industry highlights potential for future export growth

12/11/2015

Potential export growth valued at €2BN and further 13,000 domestic jobs over next 15 years Government’s Foodwise 2025 strategic plan for drinks industry requires private sector investment of at least €1.15 billion The imposition of high taxes, regulat ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes official opening of Connacht Whiskey

09/10/2015

There are now 32 new or planned Irish whiskey distilleries across Ireland Irish Whiskey Association welcomes official opening of Connacht Whiskey Company 9th October 2015- The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the official opening of the Connacht Wh ...

The grape depression: Tax take on a standard bottle of wine is now over 50%

31/08/2015

Irish wine market annual report calls for excise cut Total excise payable to revenue is now €14,640 higher per 1000 cases than 2012 Excise stunts cash flow and prevent SME's from investing in their business - SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL The Irish Wine Associatio ...

Jobs brewing as new report shows that employment in Irish beer industry is up 8%

06/08/2015

Irish Brewers Association release ‘Irish beer 2014’ report ahead of International beer day tomorrow beer exports worth €228 million IBA call for cut in excise tax – third highest in EU The Irish Brewers Association (IBA), the representative voice for ...

Drinks industry "firm ally" in reaching food wise 2025 objectives

03/07/2015

Irish whiskey market share set to rise by 300%, with double digit export growth Brewing sector continues to invest, with 3,000 farming families supported by sector The drinks industry has today pledged support for the Government’s new ten year strategy f ...

OPENING OF TEELING WHISKEY DISTILLERY HERALDED AS ANOTHER SIGN OF IRISH WHISKEY RENAISSANCE TAKING FIRM HOLD

02/07/2015

OPENING OF TEELING WHISKEY DISTILLERY HERALDED AS ANOTHER SIGN OF IRISH WHISKEY RENAISSANCE TAKING FIRM HOLD SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CAMPAIGN WELCOMES OPENING OF TEELINGS DISTILLERY IN D8 FIRST DISTILLERY TO BE BUILT IN DUBLIN IN 125 YEARS – JOINS 25 OTHER N ...

IRISH SPIRITS ASSOCIATION AND IRISH WHISKEY ASSOCATION WELCOME NEW REGULATIONS TO ENFORCE GI STATUS

29/05/2015

IRISH SPIRITS ASSOCIATION AND IRISH WHISKEY ASSOCIATION WELCOME NEW REGULATIONS TO ENFORCE GI STATUS · Irish Whiskey, Irish Poitín and Irish Cream were previously protected by “Geographical Indications” · New regulations has been put in place to streng ...

Irish Whiskey global market share to rise by 300% by 2030

12/05/2015

Minister Coveney unveils ambitious Vision for Irish Whiskey Exports to double by 2020, double again by 2030 Irish Whiskey Association launches strategy to underpin growth in sector in Dublin, Tuesday 12th May 2015 - Minister Coveney has today launched the ...

The Responsible Serving of Alcohol Programme launches new online training initiative

20/10/2014

Irish Pubs and Hotels have come together to give a new impetus to the responsible serving of alcohol. Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, Licensed Vintners Association and Irish Hotels Federation team-up to support new online training programme for their me ...

ABFI welcomes Government's decision not to increase excise on alcohol

14/10/2014

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has today welcomed the Government’s decision not to increase excise on alcohol. ABFI represents Irish beer, cider, whiskey, wine and spirits suppliers and manufacturers and said that today’s decision not ...

Ireland has highest taxes on wine in EU

26/09/2014

New report shows wine sales were down 8.3% in 2013 “Excise is the number one threat to the wine industry” – Irish Wine Association The Irish Wine Association, which represents wine importers and distributors in Ireland, today released its Annual Wine ...

Irish Beer renaissance is brewing as new report shows 7% rise in exports

21/09/2014

· Beer remains Ireland’s most popular alcoholic drink with 47% market share · Export growth offsets difficult conditions at home with 30% of the price of a pint now taxed · Brewers urge Government to reverse excise of alcohol ...

Latest data shows that Irish drink exports are worth €1.4 billion

10/09/2014

The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland has today released research which shows that Irish drinks exports are worth €1.4 billion, with the drinks manufacturing sector exporting 45% of its total turnover. The data comes from the 2012 Census of Industrial Pro ...

Irish Brewers Association welcomes Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival

04/09/2014

The Irish Brewers Association has today welcomed the Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival taking place in the RDS from the 4th to 7th of September. The Association took the opportunity to herald the Irish craft beer renaissance, stating that the fantastic ...

Excise is a blunt instrument that DOES NOT impact on alcohol misuse

03/09/2014

The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland has today responded to Alcohol Action Ireland’s pre-budget submission which has urged the government not to lower excise duty in the next budget. They have said that excise is a blunt instrument that does not impact o ...

New research published today finds visiting an Irish pub is our #1 tourist attraction

20/08/2014

A new report by Tony Foley, Economist, DCU Business School was launched today entitled ‘The Contribution of the Drinks Industry to Tourism’. The report was launched at a debate facilitated by Prof Kevin Rafter between leading tourism stakeholders on the ...

Over 1000 pubs been forced to close since 2007

15/07/2014

The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI), which represents 92,000 employees in pubs, restaurants, hotels, independent off-licences and drinks suppliers across the country presented to the Joint Oireactas Committee of Finance today. The Group called for ...

Drinks industry calls full time on crushing tax

26/06/2014

Ireland vs Germany: Alcohol tax take Ireland: A hefty €733.08 per person per year Germany : A more modest €307.32 per person per year RIP OFF REPUBLIC ALIVE AND WELL While Germany prepare to play the United States in this evenings World Cup match, the d ...

Drinks industry supports 12,000 farm families in Ireland

24/06/2014

JOC on Agriculture told of Whiskey’s Potential Farming, distilling and executive representatives from the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland addressed the Oireachtas Joint Committee of Agriculture today. The group outlined the massive contribution that the ...

ABFI responds to HRB study on alcohol consumption in Ireland

23/06/2014

ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION NOW 25% LOWER THAN 2001 DOWN 7.6% IN LAST 12 MONTHS ‘THERE’S A NEED FOR AN EVIDENCE BASED APPROACH TO BINGE DRINKING’-ABFI The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has welcomed the publication of the HRB’s study on alcoho ...

Ireland's alcohol prices are highest in Euro

19/06/2014

ALCOHOL PRICES 78% HIGHER THAN EU AVERAGE PRICE DIFFERENTIAL CAUSED BY TAX EUROSTAT REVERSE EXCISE INCREASE - DIGI The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) has today called for the reversal of excise duty on alcohol, after new figures from Eurostat rev ...

Kerry launch of 'Support your local...' Campaign highlights importance of drinks industry to county

19/05/2014

NEW REPORT FINDS THAT 4,330 JOBS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DRINKS INDUSTRY IN KERRY DRINKS INDUSTRY A MAJOR PART OF KERRY TOURISM OFFERING WITH 502 PUBS AND HOTELS DRINKS INDUSTRY PURCHASES OVER €8.6 MILLION WORTH OF AGRICULTURAL INPUTS FROM ACROSS KERR ...

Statement from Drinks Industry representative (ABFI) re WHO Global status report on alcohol and health

15/05/2014

Kathryn D’Arcy from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland said: “We note the research from WHO and welcome the opportunity to discuss the important societal issue of alcohol misuse. However, it is important to note that this particular research was ...

Meath launch of 'Support your local...' Campaign highlights importance of drinks industry to county

07/05/2014

NEW REPORT FINDS THAT 2,150 JOBS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DRINKS INDUSTRY IN MEATH DRINKS INDUSTRY A MAJOR PART OF MEATH TOURISM OFFERING WITH 229 PUBS AND HOTELS DRINKS INDUSTRY PURCHASES OVER €2.6 MILLION WORTH OF AGRICULTURAL INPUTS FROM ACROSS MEATH ...

Wexford launch of 'Support your local...' Campaign highlights importance of drinks industry to county

07/05/2014

NEW REPORT FINDS THAT 2864 JOBS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DRINKS INDUSTRY IN WEXFORD DRINKS INDUSTRY A MAJOR PART OF WEXFORD TOURISM OFFERING WITH 301 PUBS AND HOTELS DRINKS INDUSTRY PURCHASES OVER €9.9 MILLION WORTH OF AGRICULTURAL INPUTS FROM ACROSS WEXF ...

Mayo launch of 'Support your local...' Campaign highlights importance of drinks industry to county

06/05/2014

NEW REPORT FINDS THAT 3718 JOBS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DRINKS INDUSTRY IN MAYO DRINKS INDUSTRY A MAJOR PART OF MAYO TOURISM OFFERING WITH 431 PUBS AND HOTELS DRINKS INDUSTRY PURCHASES OVER €1.8 MILLION WORTH OF AGRICULTURAL INPUTS FROM ACROSS MAYO 6th ...

Limerick Launch of 'Support your local...' Campaign highlights importance of drinks industry to county

01/05/2014

NEW REPORT FINDS THAT 3558 JOBS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DRINKS INDUSTRY IN LIMERICK DRINKS INDUSTRY A MAJOR PART OF LIMERICK TOURISM OFFERING WITH 408 PUBS AND HOTELS DRINKS INDUSTRY PURCHASES OVER €8 MILLION WORTH OF AGRICULTURAL INPUTS FROM ACROSS LI ...

Galway launch of 'Support your local...' Campaign highlights importance of drinks industry to county

30/04/2014

NEW REPORT FINDS THAT 7106 JOBS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DRINKS INDUSTRY IN GALWAY DRINKS INDUSTRY A MAJOR PART OF GALWAY TOURISM OFFERING WITH 790 PUBS AND HOTELS DRINKS INDUSTRY PURCHASES OVER € 5 MILLION WORTH OF AGRICULTURAL INPUTS FROM ACROSS GALWAY ...

Cork Launch of 'Support your local...' Campaign highlights importance of drinks industry to county

29/04/2014

NEW REPORT FINDS THAT 10, 536 JOBS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DRINKS INDUSTRY IN CORK DRINKS INDUSTRY A MAJOR PART OF CORK TOURISM OFFERING WITH 1080 PUBS AND HOTELS DRINKS INDUSTRY PURCHASES OVER €87 MILLION WORTH OF AGRICULTURAL INPUTS FROM ACROSS CORK ...

Drinks industry launches major national campaign 'Support Your Local...'

28/04/2014

The drinks industry today launched a major national campaign entitled ‘Support Your Local…’ The campaign is designed to highlight the significant financial and social contribution made by the Irish drinks industry, including: Employing 92,000 people in ...

Irish Whiskey sector to invest €1bn in Ireland over next ten years

02/04/2014

Minister Simon Coveney launches Irish Whiskey Association Exports to double by 2020 and double again by 2030 15 new distilleries in development across Ireland The Irish Whiskey Association (IW) which was launched today by Minister for Agriculture, Food ...

Statement from Drinks Industry Leaders re Alcohol Awareness Week

02/04/2014

It is time for evidence-based engagement Revenue/CSO data shows Alcohol Consumption is Down by a further 7.6% in past year Down 25% since 2001 At pre-1990 levels Wednesday 2nd April: With brand new figures from Revenue / CSO showing that consumption is n ...

CSO figures show alcohol consumption down 7.6% in past year

01/04/2014

ABFI – “Time for solutions based on evidence not spin” 1st April 2014 - As new CSO figures released yesterday show that alcohol consumption in Ireland has continued to decline, the head of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has called for al ...

Treating drinks industry like a pariah won't solve alcohol abuse problem

14/03/2014

THE debate around alcohol in our society is an emotive one, and in the lead up to St Patrick's Day it is likely to feature again. But all too often, a sense of perspective can be missing from the debate. Let us not forget that the vast majority of Irish p ...

Statement from Drinks Industry representative body (ABFI) re the launch of Cross Party Oireachtas Group on Alcohol Misuse in Leinster House today

05/03/2014

Statement from Kathryn D’Arcy, Director, Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland: 4th March 2014: “The only way we can address the issue of alcohol misuse is by having a whole of society approach. As alcohol manufactures and suppliers, we want to see our ...

Over 40,000 jobs attributable to beer production and sale in Ireland

20/02/2014

The Irish Brewers Association (IBA) have today welcomed a new report which shows the significant contribution that the brewing sector makes to the Irish economy. The report ‘The Contribution made by Beer to the European Economy’, drawn up by Ernst & You ...

Irish Whiskey packs down with scotch whiskey at annual industry meeting

03/02/2014

Flourishing Irish Whiskey Industry will make fantastic gains on league table with estimated growth of 100% by 2020 2nd February 2014 – With Ireland and Scotland battling it out on the rugby pitch this weekend, industry representatives from the Irish whis ...

Over 400,000 beer kegs stolen or missing since 2007

17/01/2014

The estimated cost of replacing kegs is approximately €40 million Irish Brewers are urging licensed trade operators to remain vigilant and be aware of theft and suspicious activity Measures being produced by IBA and Garda Metal Forum to alleviate problem ...

Drinks sector exports worth €1.25bn in 2013

08/01/2014

Whiskey renaissance helped lead the way for Irish beverage exports in 2013 with double digit growth UK remains largest single market for beverage exports with strong emerging market demand  8th January 2014 - Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, the as ...

The World's First Super Premium Collection of Irish Spirits

11/11/2013

PHOTOS: Please visit our web pages to sign up for the latest updates over the coming months, including product information and samples: http://theexilesgin.com, http://untamedvodka.com, http://irishhoneyliqueur.com 11th November 2013 The World's First Su ...

Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland responds to alcohol strategy

24/10/2013

Drinks sector calls on government to engage with industry on ways to address alcohol misuse in this country Drinks sector welcomes the introduction of statutory codes, but highlights concerns about the introduction of restrictions on marketing and adver ...

Beer excise hike will hurt farmers, the hospitality sector and will cost jobs

15/10/2013

15 October 2013 – The Irish Brewers Association today said it was severely disappointed at the Government’s decision to increase excise duty on a pint of beer and cider by 10 cent. This 18% increase will not only leave people paying more in Irish pubs t ...

Budget 2014: 60% of €8 bottle of wine to go to Exchequer

15/10/2013

The Irish Wine Association (IWA) today said the most recent excise increase in Budget 2014 means Irish consumers now pay significantly more for identical bottles of wine sold in other European countries. Last year's 41% excise increase already meant we ha ...

Budget 2014: Over €16 of €22 bottle of spirits will go to Exchequer

15/10/2013

Commenting on Budget 2014, the Irish Spirits Association (ISA) today said the 10c increase of excise on a standard measure of spirits will mean that €16.40 of a €22 standard bottle of spirits now goes to the Exchequer. The group said that today's 15% ex ...

30% of the final price of a pint of beer or cider is comprised of tax

30/08/2013

IBA CALLS FOR REVERSAL OF EXCISE INCREASE ON BEER - Irish consumer pay more tax on their pint than almost all of their European neighbours 30th August 2013 – The Irish Brewer’s Association (IBA) has called on the Government to reverse last year’s excis ...

Irish Wine Association launches annual report and calls on government to reverse excise increase

19/08/2013

Large excise increase of 41% introduced at the end of 2012 is challenging Ireland’s competitiveness as a tourism destination Ireland has the highest levels of excise in the EU for wine with approximately 50% of the cost of an average bottle of wine goin ...

IBA welcomes International craft brewing and distilling convention

19/07/2013

IRISH BREWERS ASSOCIATION HERALDS IRISH BEER RENAISSANCE - The Irish Brewers Association today welcomed the commencement of the International Craft Brewing and Distilling Convention at Dublin’s Convention Centre (18 - 20 July) and highlighted the importa ...

Alochol volumes down by 4.4% in past year

17/05/2013

“The imminent Alcohol Bill in its current form will not address the important issue of alcohol misuse.” - ABFI New figures from the Revenue Commissioners show that alcohol volumes in Ireland have declined by 4.4% in the past 12 months, continuing a tren ...

ABFI supports call by RCPI to change culture of excessive alcohol consumption

23/04/2013

Responding to today's report by Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), Kathryn D’Arcy, Director, Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), the association which represents alcohol manufactures and suppliers in Ireland, said: “We welcome the ...

Alcohol exports worth €1.1bn to Irish economy in 2012

21/02/2013

- ABFI welcomes 2.4% increase in drink exports last year - Drink exports grow by €26million in 2012 21st February 2013 - The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), which represents drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, today welcomed ex ...

BEER EXCISE INCREASE WILL DAMAGE DOMESTIC DEMAND AND AGRICULTURE SECTOR

28/01/2013

28th January 2013 – An analysis of the impact on the brewing sector of the Government’s recent decision to raise beer excise rates by 22% in Budget 2013 has shown that the increase will not only impact on consumers but will also have knock-on adverse ef ...

41% WINE EXCISE INCREASE DISPROPORTIONATE, EXCESSIVE, AND CONTRARY TO SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS - Irish Wine Association

05/12/2012

5th December 2012 – The Irish Wine Association has described today’s decision by the Government in Budget 2013 to increase wine excise duty by 41% as disproportionate, excessive, and absolutely contrary to their stated aim to support small businesses. T ...

ABFI calls on Government to enter into consultation with process with drinks industry to address alcohol misuse

10/07/2012

In advance of the Government considering an action plan to implement proposals emanating from the National Substance Misuse Strategy Group, ABFI recently wrote to a number of Cabinet Ministers asking them to enter into a consultation process with the drin ...

Drinks Industry says National Alcohol Report is a missed opportunity to address misuse

07/02/2012

· Average drinker faces further levies and taxes, despite declining alcohol consumption · Lack of evidence to support key recommendations in the report · Sponsorship ban will present major challenge for sporting and cultural organisations 7th February 201 ...

New study shows 17% decline in alcohol consumption over last decade

02/02/2012

2nd February 2012 – A new study has showed a major decline in average Irish alcohol consumption over the last ten years. The study by economist Anthony Foley of Dublin City University Business School on behalf of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Irelan ...