Record attendance at IWA workshop for new entrants to Irish whiskey industry

Tuesday, 25 June 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 including 12 new or planned Irish whiskey distilleries;
  • IWA Head: “Protecting the high standards of the Irish whiskey industry and promoting innovation is key to the future success of the category.”

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) today hosted its annual introductory workshop for new entrants as part of ‘The Knowledge Still’ programme, to support best practice in the Irish whiskey industry. The IWA forms part of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) and Ibec, Ireland’s business representative organisation.

This is the fourth year that the IWA has hosted this introductory workshop, where start-up companies entering the Irish whiskey industry can gain access to information and learnings on key issues affecting the industry.

Today’s event was attended by distillers from 23 companies, including 12 new or planned Irish whiskey distilleries. Other attendees included new staff with existing companies.

Attendees at today’s workshop received a comprehensive induction to the industry. The themes covered on the day included the Irish Whiskey Technical File, industry legislation, regulations and protection, entering production, health and safety, route-to-market and establishing a visitor experience.

2019 is set to be a record year for opening of new Irish whiskey distilleries. At least ten distilleries plan to commence operations this year.

The Knowledge Still

As part of ‘The Knowledge Still’ programme, the IWA organises regular workshops, seminars and one-to-one support, delivered by experienced distillers and industry experts on a range of topics from best practice in distilling, to innovation or health and safety management.

The programme seeks to ensure that all Irish whiskey producers, particularly these recent entrants to the market, have access to expert knowledge and guidance from experienced mentors in the industry.
Comment
William Lavelle, Head of the IWA stated:
“Protecting the high standards of the Irish whiskey industry and promoting innovation is key to the future success of the category. Our main goal is to protect and pass on the high-quality standards which have become a hallmark for Irish whiskey.
“Today’s annual introductory workshop and the broader Knowledge Still programme will ensure that all distillers and producers, both new and established, are following standards of best practice and producing a high-quality Irish whiskey product that adheres to the requirements set out in the Irish Whiskey Technical File.”
Lavelle added:
“The Irish whiskey industry is already a world leader when it comes to supporting new entrants, and our ongoing commitment to hosting events like today’s will only further cement this leadership position. Our growing global consumer base can be assured of more exciting developments in the Irish whiskey category for years to come.”