Press releases

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...