Press releases

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...