Press releases




No Deal’ Brexit would be disastrous for Irish Drinks Industry – new ABFI position paper

15/10/2018

• A No Deal would see immediate tariffs on barley, malt, glass bottles, apples, finished cider • Hard border would lead to delays and disruption for 23,000 cross-border truck movements • Value of trade in drinks products between the UK and Ireland wor ...

Irish whiskey industry warns ludicrous outdoor advertising restrictions will damage visitor centres and small distilleries

30/08/2018

Directional/way-finding signs to whiskey distillery visitor centres to be banned in many areas under current Public Health (Alcohol) Bill; Advertising restrictions cited as anti-competitive as smaller distilleries and new brands won’t be able to compete ...

Brewery and Distillery visitor centres report ‘positive summer’ as future looks bright for sector

28/08/2018

2,590,215 visitors to the brewery and distillery tourist attractions in Ireland in 2017 13 whiskey distillery visitor centres in planning or development stage Ireland’s Brewery and Distillery visitor centres are now attracting millions of tourists every ...

ABFI Statement in response to Lancet Study

24/08/2018

ABFI is committed to encouraging responsible choices about alcohol. Many choices in life carry potential risks and benefits. The HSE has developed low-risk drinking guidelines to provide guidance on moderate alcohol consumption. ABFI calls on the Minister ...

Warning that Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will have negative impact on local jobs and rural economy

16/08/2018

Diversification and innovation in Irish drinks industry means that there are now: · Craft breweries in every county · Irish whiskey distilleries in 22 counties · Irish gin distilleries in 14 counties But Government warned that Alcohol Bill will hinder fur ...

Planning a stay-cation this summer? Why not visit one of Ireland’s brewery or distillery visitor attractions

11/07/2018

Drinks industry visitor centres attracted 2.6 million visitors in 2017 Impending legislation will damage growth as ‘ads and directional signage to visitor centres to be banned’ – ABFI As Ireland continues to experience hot weather, the country is enjoy ...

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 ...

On World Whiskey Day, Irish whiskey industry outlines ambitious plans to more than double worldwide sales by 2030

25/05/2018

Irish whiskey industry to gather in Bushmills Co. Antrim next week to discuss international trade and the impact of Brexit on the industry On World Whiskey Day (Saturday, 19 May), the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has outlined its ambitious plans to mor ...

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 ...

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 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 ...