Press releases

Irish Beer Taste Growing in “sophistication”

10/07/2020

Irish Beer Taste Growing in “sophistication” The latest Beer Image Tracker shows increased knowledge of Beer varieties Irish consumers are becoming increasingly knowledgeable of the different tastes and varieties of beers, according to research commissi ...

Drinks industry calls for VAT reduction on alcohol to help pubs and maintain employment of ‘younger workers’

09/07/2020

Drinks industry calls for VAT reduction on alcohol to help pubs and maintain employment of ‘younger workers’ VAT cut would safeguard jobs in a sector dominated by young workers who will be disadvantaged as pubs reopen slowly ‘A reduction is the hospita ...

European directive gives government power to cut VAT on on-trade sales to support pubs

08/07/2020

Call on Minister for Finance to deliver support package for drinks and hospitality sector, including reduction in VAT on on-trade alcohol, in July stimulus as UK announce huge stimulus package – ‘Ireland needs to follow suit with creative and proactive ...

22,500 jobs at risk in drinks sector as pubs on track for 50% decline in business for the remainder of 2020 – DCU economist report

06/07/2020

Economist Anthony Foley authors report on impact of Covid-19 on the drinks industry and analyses the effect of a reduced VAT rate on on-trade alcohol sales Report concludes that consumer demand will be lower after lockdown due to higher unemployment and r ...

Reopening of the hospitality sector

06/07/2020

Reopening of the hospitality sector Make sure to #BeSound if you’re heading back to pubs, bars or restaurants this weekend Customers encouraged to Respect the Guidelines, Respect Each Other and Respect the Staff to ensure everyone has a great time and is ...

New Reopening with Respect campaign will welcome consumers back to pubs, bars and restaurants while urging them to #BeSound

26/06/2020

A new campaign, Reopening with Respect, was launched by Drinks Ireland today to encourage consumers to act respectfully and #BeSound when returning to their favourite pubs, bars and restaurants in the coming weeks. Drinks Ireland represents Irish drinks p ...

24 million fewer pints consumed in April 2020 vs. April 2019 due to Covid-19 lockdown

02/06/2020

New Nielsen figures confirm that beer, cider and spirits sales fell by over a third in April Beer and cider sales down 36% Spirits sales down 13% 2nd June 2020 - New figures have today confirmed that alcohol consumption has fallen in Ireland as a result o ...

Drinks Ireland welcomes new €850,000 Government funding for research in brewing and distilling

13/12/2019

Drinks Ireland, the representative voice for drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, has welcomed news that €856,746 has been awarded to a new research project in brewing and distilling by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. The pro ...

New report shows that Ireland is 7th biggest exporter of beer in Europe

09/12/2019

Ireland was the 7th biggest exporter of beer in Europe last year, with exports valued at €268 million. This is according to ‘European Beer Trends’, an international report which compares the performance of the beer industry across Europe, released by t ...

Safety in Irish bars being tackled ahead of busy Christmas period

02/12/2019

Almost 2,500 bars in Ireland have signed up to safety programme 2nd December 2019: New figures show that almost 2,500 bars in Ireland have signed up to a safety programme aimed at reducing injuries and ill health associated with working in bar cellars. Th ...

New EU wide commitment will see additional ingredient and calorie information on beer labels

04/09/2019

• New commitment with European Commission secures agreement by European beer producers to empower consumers • Labels will be rolled out across the EU market by 2022 Drinks Ireland*, the representative body for drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Irel ...

New report shows that beer is Ireland’s favourite drink with 45% market share

08/08/2019

• Majority of beer consumption takes place in the pub (63.5%) • Over 1,000 people employed by beer sector directly • Sector paid €430 million in excise duty to the Government in 2018 • Lager is Ireland’s favourite beer variant with market share up ...