Press releases




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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...