Current press releases




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 ...

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 ...

Irish Brewers Association welcome passage of Craft Drinks Bill

12/07/2018

IBA says new legislation will support small Irish craft breweries that are vital to rural economies The Irish Brewers Association (IBA) has welcomed the passage of the Breweries and Distilleries Bill in the Seanad, which will allow craft brewers and disti ...

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 ...

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 ...