Current press releases




Irish cider sector celebrates success – new report

03/07/2019

Irish cider sector celebrates success – new report Demand for premium products driving growth across the industry 15 Cider Producers join together to relaunch the Irish Cider Association within ABFI Total cider consumption rose by 0.43% in 2018, accordin ...

Record attendance at IWA workshop for new entrants to Irish whiskey industry

25/06/2019

 IWA host annual introductory workshop for new entrants to Irish whiskey industry;  Workshop hosted as part of IWA’s ‘The Knowledge Still’ programme to support best practice in the Irish whiskey industry;  Workshop attended by 23 companies inc ...

Irish beer producers commit to providing ingredient and energy values on the labels

13/06/2019

New EU commitment will see information being rolled out by 2022 Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), the representative body for drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, has committed to sign a European-wide Memorandum of Understanding (Mo ...

Irish gin producers celebrate World Gin Day by toasting remarkable growth

08/06/2019

Irish gin producers will be marking World Gin Day (tomorrow, Saturday 8th June 2019) by celebrating recent growth in the sector. There are now over 26 Irish gin producers and over 60 Irish gin brands, according to Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (A ...

Irish Poitín producers seek to massively increase sales

03/06/2019

ABFI Innovation Pulse highlights creativity and experimentation in Poitín category Irish Poitín producers want to increase sales from 5,000 cases in 2018 to 80,000 over the next decade, according to Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), with the ...

Events taking place nationwide to mark World Whiskey Day 2019

17/05/2019

 World Whiskey Day takes place on Saturday, 18 May and is a global celebration of world whiskies  Events taking place nationwide to celebrate Irish whiskey  Global sales of Irish whiskey set to break the 11 million case barrier for the first ti ...

EU Commission confirms Irish Whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI)

15/05/2019

EU Commission confirms Irish Whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI) Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) welcomes announcement by the European Commission approving Irish Whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI). The Irish whiskey indust ...

Free trade must be a priority for Irish MEPs after the next election – ABFI

15/05/2019

• “Irish economic model will suffer if MEPs reject future trade agreements” • New European Parliament is expected to consider trade agreements with Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand • De-escalating EU-US trade disputes vitally impor ...

Peter Mosley, Managing Director of the Porterhouse Brewing Company, elected chairperson of the IBA

07/05/2019

The Irish Brewers Association (IBA) has elected Peter Mosley, Managing Director of the Porterhouse Brewing Company, as its new chairperson. The IBA is the representative voice for the brewing industry in Ireland. Beer remains the nation's most popular dri ...

Irish whiskey industry welcomes EU Court ruling on CETA trade agreement

30/04/2019

 Irish Whiskey Association calls on Ireland to finally ratify agreement between EU & Canada  CETA reforms has led to over 30% for some premium Irish whiskey brands The Irish Whiskey Association, which represents Irish whiskey distilleries and brands ...

Future Growth Loan Scheme welcomed as ‘vital’ protection for drinks industry post-Brexit

27/03/2019

ABFI welcomes inclusion of distilled spirits in scheme 27th March 2019 – Ireland’s drinks industry faces unique risks associated with Brexit, according to Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), which has welcomed the launch of the Future Growth ...

Big weekend for Irish whiskey: 24th operational distillery, major sales boost, new product launches!

15/03/2019

 24th operational Irish whiskey distillery comes on-stream in Killowen Co. Down  Five million bottles of Irish whiskey to be sold this week for St. Patrick’s Day  IWA members travelling to ProWein trade show in Dusseldorf – Teeling Whiskey Com ...

Irish whiskey producers on industry mission to US and Canada ahead of St Patrick’s Day

06/03/2019

Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) members travel to New York and Toronto as part of industry mission Mission seeks to boost Irish whiskey category profits in the lead up to St Patrick’s Day IWA to partner with the Consulate General of Ireland and Distilled ...

Irish whiskey industry growing at rapid pace with 23rd distillery beginning operations

04/03/2019

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes Clonakilty Distillery today as the 23rd operational Irish whiskey distillery The distillery boasts a unique visitor experience, gin school and bistro restaurant Visitor experience expected to attract 35,000 visitors annu ...

Irish whiskey industry welcomes opening of Dublin Liberties Distillery

20/02/2019

Dublin Liberties Distillery in Dublin city centre today becomes the 22nd operational Irish whiskey distillery  The distillery boasts an impressive visitor centre which will accommodate up to 80,000 visitors annually  Global sales of Irish whiskey e ...

Irish gin producers eye export opportunities in Canadian market

14/01/2019

Three Irish gin producers are to be listed this week for sale by LCBO, which retails and distributes alcoholic beverages in Ontario, as the Irish gin category begins to make a splash in the Canadian market. LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) has a mon ...

Visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries up 13% in 2018

14/01/2019

923,000 visitors to 13 distilleries supported 356 jobs in 2018 · Irish whiskey remains one of fastest growing attractions in Irish tourism · Eight new Irish whiskey distillery visitor centres to open in 2019 · Irish Whiskey Association warns of challenges ...

New Bord Bia report proves Ireland’s drinks industry is an export powerhouse

09/01/2019

· Irish alcohol drinks exports were worth €1.25bn in 2018 · US market for Irish whiskey grew by more than 10% in 2018 · Value of Irish cream liqueur exports rose by 5% in 2018 to €342m · Irish beer exports to the European continent remain strong Exports ...

Irish whiskey awarded legal protection in Australia for the first time

07/01/2019

Irish Whiskey Association successfully registers “Irish Whiskey” as a certification mark in Australia Greatly enhances ability to go after fake Irish Whiskey Exports to Australia grew 35% in first 10 months of 2018 The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) h ...

Irish Whiskey Association elects David Stapleton as new Chairman

03/01/2019

· New Chairman is Managing Director of Connacht Whiskey Company in Co Mayo · Mr. Stapleton says “2019 will mark an important moment of transition for the Irish Whiskey Association” as IWA set to treble its budget following strategic review · John Quinn, ...

Sales of pink gin soared in Ireland in 2018

02/01/2019

ABFI releases overview of drinks industry performance in 2018: · Irish whiskey sector went from strength to strength in 2018 with 21 distilleries now in operation · Lighter beer options growing in popularity in domestic market while beer exports remain s ...

Irish Whiskey Association welcomes An Bord Pleanala permission for 12 Irish whiskey maturation warehouses in Co. Westmeath

19/12/2018

The Irish Whiskey Association has today welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission, on appeal, for the development of 12 Irish whiskey maturation warehouses at Moyvore, Co. Westmeath, to be developed by Vault Storage Limited. T ...

Over 400 licensed premises sign up for cellar safety programme

10/12/2018

4,000 accidents take place on licensed premises every year Over 400 licensed premises in Ireland have signed up to a cellar safety programme spearheaded by the Irish Brewers Association (IBA) and the Health & Safety Authorities (HSA), since it launched a ...

IWA Twitter competition Terms and Conditions

13/11/2018

IWA Twitter competition Terms and Conditions 1. The promoter is Ibec CLG trading as the Irish Whiskey Association whose registered office is at 84-86 Baggot Street, Dublin 2. 2. The competition is open to all followers of @IrishWhiskeyAsc aged 18 years or ...

Is beer the new wine? New survey shows that Irish consumers love pairing food with beer

26/10/2018

Lager is the nation’s beer variant according to a new online survey conducted by the Irish Brewers Association (IBA) with 45 per cent of respondents stating it as its favourite beer type. IPA’s are the nation’s second favourite beer variant with a 22 ...

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 ...

Alcohol consumption by adolescents has fallen sharply in Ireland – new report

01/10/2018

Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has welcomed a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which showed that the prevalence of weekly alcohol consumption by adolescents in Ireland fell by 8.6 per cent between 2002 and 2014, from 12. ...

Gin & Premium Irish Whiskey are the fastest growing spirits in Ireland last year

05/09/2018

Vodka remains Ireland’s most popular spirit Spirits industry warns of threats from Public Health (Alcohol) Bill The Irish Spirits Association today launched the second Irish spirits industry and market report. The report was launched by the Chairperson o ...

The Irish Spirits Association Report shows All-island exports grew to €1.32 billion in 2017

05/09/2018

The Irish Spirits Association Report shows All-island exports grew to €1.32 billion in 2017 17.2 million cases of Irish GI spirits exports in 2017 – that’s 207 million bottles! Spirits industry warns of threats from trade disputes and Public Health (Al ...

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 ...

Irish Wine Industry Toasts Growth As Wine Becomes Increasingly Popular Despite Overall Fall In Alcohol Consumption

21/08/2018

Irish Wine Association launches annual ‘Wine Market Report’: · Wine distributors in Ireland employ over 1,100 people · Wine is second most popular drink after beer and sales are increasing · White wine is the most popular wine type in Ireland · Rosé ...

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 ...

Keith Fagan, Country Manager of Molson Coors Ireland appointed new chair of IBA

03/08/2018

Irish Brewers Association appoints new chairperson on International Beer Day · Keith Fagan, Country Manager of Molson Coors Ireland takes on the role · Outgoing chair Maggie Timoney steps down due to appointment as CEO of Heineken USA The Irish Brewers As ...