Current press releases




Visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries exceed 1 million for first time

21/01/2020

Growth of 54% in visitor numbers over the past four years – Over one million people visited Irish whiskey distilleries and brand homes last year, the first time visitor numbers have exceeded the one-million mark. That’s according to Drinks Ireland | Iri ...

Angola, Japan and South Korea among emerging export destinations for Irish drinks products

20/01/2020

Ireland’s drinks industry continues to expand into new and emerging export markets like Angola, Japan and South Korea, according to a new analysis of Eurostat data and Bord Bia research by Drinks Ireland, the representative body for drinks manufacturers ...

Northern Ireland’s drinks industry meets in Belfast and calls on new Executive to promote exports and tourism

13/01/2020

Representatives of Northern Ireland’s drinks industry met today in Belfast to review key issues affecting the sector ahead of Brexit at the end of the month. The meeting was convened by Drinks Ireland, the representative body for the all-island drinks in ...

Drinks Ireland welcomes fall in alcohol consumption among young people

09/01/2020

Underage alcohol consumption has declined in Ireland according a study released today, which shows that 69% of young people aged between 10-17 have never had an alcoholic drink, an increase of 6% since 2014. Drinks Ireland, the representative body for dri ...

Irish drinks exports increased by 8% to €1.45bn in 2019

09/01/2020

Irish drinks exports grew by 8% last year to reach €1.45 billion, according to a new report released by Bord Bia and welcomed by Drinks Ireland. It found that the US remains the key market for Irish beverage exports, accounting for 40% of exports in 2019 ...

It’s a go for “low and no” as Drinks Ireland releases consumer trends to watch in 2020

27/12/2019

• Spirited growth for premium Irish whiskey and gin set to continue in 2020 as spirits sales grow by almost 2% in the first three quarters of 2019 • Irish alcohol consumption continues to fall, as consumers choose quality over quantity • Conscious and ...

Dessert and coffee innovations drive Irish Cream liqueur Christmas sales

22/12/2019

Salted caramel, white chocolate and toffee buttermint are among the delicious Irish Cream liqueur flavours being enjoyed by consumers this festive period, as producers of the iconic drink anticipate strong sales for Christmas 2019. The intrinsically Irish ...

IRISH CIDER IS THE PRE-CHRISTMAS WINTER WARMER

18/12/2019

Statistics Show Growth in Cider as Favoured Festive Tipple – With Mulled Cider a Hit with Consumers* Cider sales up from 15.96 million litres to 16 million litres during winter months of 2018 compared to 2017 18th December 2019 - Irish cider is known and ...

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 ...

Pat Rigney appointed Chair of Drinks Ireland|Spirits

11/12/2019

Pat Rigney, the Managing Director and Founder of "The Shed Distillery" in Co. Leitrim, which makes Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, has today been appointed Chair of Drinks Ireland|Spirits, the representative body responsible for promoting the interests of ...

UK Election 2019 - NI drinks industry calls on politicians to reduce burden of excise

04/12/2019

Ahead of the UK general election on the 12th of December, Drinks Ireland, the all-island representative body for drinks producers, distributors and brand-owners, has called on UK political parties to show greater support for Northern Ireland’s drinks ind ...

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 ...

Ireland’s drinks industry wins big at Bord Bia Food & Drinks Awards

27/11/2019

Irish drinks companies scooped up three of the eight awards at the prestigious Bord Bia Food & Drinks Awards today, which Drinks Ireland says highlights the innovative nature of Ireland’s drinks industry. HEINEKEN Ireland won the Sustainable Project Impa ...

Sales of Irish Cream liqueur continue to grow as new innovations and flavours help drive popularity

27/11/2019

Irish Cream liqueur producers and brand owners are looking forward to a surge in consumer interest this Christmas. Innovation in the category, including the introduction of new flavours, has meant the category has experienced a revival in recent years and ...

Statement from Drinks Ireland on advertising measures in the Alcohol Act being introduced today

12/11/2019

Patricia Callan Director of Drinks Ireland said: “Overall, we support the objectives of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act, to tackle alcohol misuse and underage drinking. We believe that measures introduced should be proportionate, evidence-based and effec ...

Irish cream liqueur’s GI status to be recognised in China

06/11/2019

Drinks Ireland | Spirts highlights opportunity for growth in the sector Drinks Ireland | Spirits, the representative body for spirits producers in Ireland, has welcomed news today that the Geographical indication (GI) for Irish Cream liqueur / 爱尔兰...

Irish Whiskey industry welcomes historic EU-China agreement on protection of geographical indications

05/11/2019

Association thanks Commissioner Phil Hogan as Irish whiskey secures protection in China for first time Drinks Ireland | Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the new EU-China agreement on protection of geographical indications (GI). The agreement, which ...

Drinks industry says Minister Harris’ comments about alcohol companies targeting children with alcohol advertisements are “sensationalist and untrue”

04/11/2019

Drinks Ireland, the representative body for drinks companies in Ireland, has strongly rebutted comments made by Minister Harris in the media today, ahead of the advertising restrictions in the Public Health (Alcohol) Act being introduced on November 12th. ...

Spirited growth: Irish spirits exports increase by 10%

03/10/2019

Irish spirits exports exceeded €1 billion for the first time in 2018. The value of spirits exports from Ireland increased by 10.2% between 2017 and 2018, from €916 million to over €1 billion, according to the annual Irish Spirits Market Report, release ...

IrishWhiskey360° unveiled - the new brand and home for Irish whiskey tourism

10/09/2019

● Minister Michael Creed launches new Irish whiskey tourism brand and website to coincide with Taste the Island food and drink tourism campaign ● Visitors to Irish whiskey distilleries and visitor centres to break one million this year as industry tar ...

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 underage drinking has declined in Ireland

15/08/2019

15th August 2019 - Underage alcohol consumption has declined in Ireland according to new research from the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD). The report found that the proportion of underage people who consumed alcohol in Ireland has ...

Irish cider sector celebrates success – new report

03/07/2019

Irish cider sector celebrates success – new report Demand for premium products driving growth across the industry 15 Cider Producers join together to relaunch the Irish Cider Association within ABFI Total cider consumption rose by 0.43% in 2018, accordin ...

Almost 2.8 million visitors to brewery and distillery tourist attractions in 2018 – new figures

30/06/2019

Increase of over 7% on 2017 visitor numbers and 14% since 2016 24 visitor centres located right across Ireland supporting regional spread of tourism Sunday, 30th June: The number of people that visited brewery and distillery visitor centres increased by 7 ...

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 including 12 ne ...

Irish beer producers commit to providing ingredient and energy values on the labels

13/06/2019

New EU commitment will see information being rolled out by 2022 Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), the representative body for drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, has committed to sign a European-wide Memorandum of Understanding (Mo ...

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 ...

Consumer information: ABFI signs Memorandum of Understanding to provide energy value on spirit drinks

04/06/2019

Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), the all-island trade association for the Irish drinks industry which is part of Ibec, Ireland’s largest business representative body, today signed a European-wide Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will ...

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 ...

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 ...

Peter Mosley, Managing Director of the Porterhouse Brewing Company, elected chairperson of the IBA

07/05/2019

The Irish Brewers Association (IBA) has elected Peter Mosley, Managing Director of the Porterhouse Brewing Company, as its new chairperson. The IBA is the representative voice for the brewing industry in Ireland. Beer remains the nation's most popular dri ...

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 ...

Future Growth Loan Scheme welcomed as ‘vital’ protection for drinks industry post-Brexit

27/03/2019

ABFI welcomes inclusion of distilled spirits in scheme 27th March 2019 – Ireland’s drinks industry faces unique risks associated with Brexit, according to Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), which has welcomed the launch of the Future Growth ...

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 ...