Alcohol exports worth €1.1bn to Irish economy in 2012

Thursday, 21 February 2013

- ABFI welcomes 2.4% increase in drink exports last year
- Drink exports grow by €26million in 2012

21st February 2013 - The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), which represents drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, today welcomed export figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showing that beverage exports grew by 2.4% in 2012.

Drinks exports in 2012 were valued at €1,112 million, a rise of €26 million on 2011 data. In an indication of the potential of the sector, drinks industry exports outperformed total goods which increased by 0.9%.

Individual drinks categories such as whiskey; beer and cider all continued to grow as the demand for Irish drinks products on international markets continues to build. In 2012, over 9.1 million kegs of beer and 50 million bottles of whiskey were exported.

Acting ABFI Director Jean Doyle said, “The announcement of further growth in drinks industry exports shows the potential for the drinks industry to help support Irish economic recovery through export growth. The drinks industry is a hugely important sector of the Irish economy contributing over €2 billion in taxation revenue per annum, supporting over 62,000 local jobs and, according to a report by DCU’s Tony Foley released earlier this week, responsible for total purchases of over €2.8 billion each year.
“The growth potential for the drinks sector is truly great. Under the Harvest 2020 blueprint for the future of the agriculture sector drawn up by the Department of Agriculture, an ambitious target of €12bn for Irish food and drink exports by the year 2020 is set out. Given the right conditions the drinks industry can play a significant role in attaining that growth target.

“However, while endeavouring to increase our exports we must also be aware of the importance of a solid domestic market. Without a strong domestic base the industry will be unable to establish itself as a major competitor on global exports markets. The Government must be cognisant of this when devising legislation which will affect the industry and its ability to market, promote and sell its products.

“ABFI would encourage the Government to work with the drinks industry to build on this export potential and capitalise on the growing demand for Irish drinks products in international markets.”

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Notes to Editor:
*ABFI, the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, was established in 2007. ABFI’s membership includes all sectors within the drinks manufacturing and supply sector in Ireland, and is committed to promoting the many positive contributions the drinks industry makes to the Irish Exchequer, balance of trade, employment and society as a whole. Its membership includes major companies such as Diageo, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Heineken, and C&C as well as a number of small to medium sized alcohol beverage companies.