Ireland’s drinks industry welcomes Brexit deal

Friday, 8 December 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 deal struck between the EU and the UK in relation to Brexit. The UK has agreed to remain fully aligned to EU rules supporting Irish cross-border arrangements, even if no deal can be agreed. ABFI said this will be vital for Ireland’s ‘all-island’ drinks industry, as the cross-border movement of goods during the production process currently takes place freely.
Currently both the UK and Irish Governments enforce laws that ensure Irish Whiskey, Irish Cream liqueur and Irish Poitín can only be produced on the island of Ireland, subject to certain standards. The EU and UK have committed to ensure this remains the case, which ABFI has said is positive.

Patricia Callan, Director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) said:

“Ireland has an integrated all-island drinks industry, with cross-border supply chains. Many companies operate their sourcing, production and bottling as if there was no border between the north and south. Therefore, a solution to the border issue was of paramount importance for the industry and we welcome the deal struck between the UK and the EU.”

“Additionally, Ireland’s three spirit GIs (Irish whiskey, cream liqueur and Poitín) operate on an all-island basis, recognised and enforced by both Irish and UK authorities. We welcome the commitment made to ensure this remains the case. Geographic Indicators or GI protection means these three spirits can only be made on the island of Ireland in line with an EU approved technical file. GI’s protect the integrity and quality of these spirits categories and the investment being made in production and employment on the island of Ireland.”